NOW Advisory Board

Chairman, and up to nine sitting Advisory Board Members (February 11, 2019)

Role of the Advisory Board

 An advisory committee is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which augment the knowledge and skills of the executive leadership to guide the organization more effectively.

The advisory committee does not have formal authority to govern the organization, that is, the advisory committee cannot issue directives which must be followed.  Rather, the advisory committee serves to make recommendations and provide key information and materials to executive leadership. 

The advisory committee plays an important public relations role as well as providing program staff with a fresh perspective on programmatic issues.  A properly composed and structured advisory committee can be a tremendous compliment to the effectiveness of the executive leadership as it works to carry out a specific initiative.  

Since the board of directors has ultimate governance authority for the organization, the advisory committee can focus narrowly on a specific program to advise or support the organization.

The advisory committee may evaluate the performance of a program, review/monitor/assess a specific program, serve as an advocate for the organization to the community it serves, gather input from/serve as a liaison with relevant constituencies.

Also, provide feedback to the organization from the community, provide technical expertise, provide an independent/unbiased sounding board, and assist staff in determining important activities. 

Other possible responsibilities of an advisory committee include determining mission and purpose of a program, articulating the goals, means, and primary constituents to be served by a program, ensuring effective planning, monitoring and strengthening of programs and services, ensuring adequate financial resources, and enhancing the organization’s public standing.