Our governing body is charged with the responsibility and authority for the policy direction of our organization. The members of the CHPS Board of Directors are from a broad range of government, private industry, and nonprofit organizations. Get to know the CHPS Board of Directors! 

Board Responsibilities

Every member of the Board of Directors brings some form of substantial value to the CHPS organization. Board members participate in meetings and should have time and financial resources to attend all meetings, either in-person or by electronic means. Physical presence at some meetings is required. Exceptions can be made by the discretion of the Board, such as scholarships for students or as necessary to serve CHPS best interests. CHPS shall meet at locations that reflect Board composition as much as possible and use technology to reduce travel necessities and carbon footprint.


    • To articulate and uphold CHPS vision, values, and mission.
    • To assess CHPS effectiveness in achieving its mission.
    • To work with CHPS members, committees, and staff to develop and approve strategic goals and initiatives.
    • To supervise, control, and direct CHPS activites.
    • To take actions as may be necessary to conduct the CHPS organization, including but not limited to, adopting rules and regulations for the conduct of its business, establish policies, and approve programming and delegating authority.


    Each Board member’s term will be three years. At the beginning of each term, Board members may appoint an alternate representative from their organization, to be approved by the current Board, to provide updates as necessary. In the event that the Board member is unable to attend a meeting, the alternate representative may serve in their absence. All rules and requirements applicable to Board members shall also apply to alternate representatives unless otherwise provided in CHPS bylaws. A Board member may be removed from offed by specific action of the Board by missing three (3) consecutive regular Board meetings. Participation by conference call is a recognized form of Board meeting attendance, if necessary. Advisory Directors may be selected periodically to bring supplemental viewpoints and unique expertise to the Board. Advisory representatives will be chosen through the nominating committee process, however, they will have non-voting status.

    Interested in serving on the CHPS Board of Directors?

    The CHPS Board is made up of seats in the following categories:

    • Governmental
    • Educational: school, school district, charter school, and/or county office of education
    • Product manufacturer
    • At-large (at-large Directors shall represent the diversity of any CHPS membership categories except manufacturers)
    • Utility
    • Design professional

    To be eligible for the Board, your organization must be a CHPS member in good standing within the membership category for the seat in which you are interested. Additionally, we are looking for nominees that have special skills sets in the following areas: Finance, Development and Fundraising, and Information Technology. We are also looking to further expand Board representation outside of California.

    Desired characteristics for membership on the Board include any of:

    • A passion for the CHPS mission, including willingness to act as vocal supporter and champion
    • Experience with environmental justice or children's environmental health
    • Knowledge of nonprofit finance or governance
    • Professional experience in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
    • Willingness to act as a fundraising ambassador to help cultivate new opportunities
    • Experience networking and engaging with partners and supporters

    How to apply:

    Nominations are currently being accepted until March 31, 2021. Please send a letter of interest and short bio directly to Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite, Chair of the Nominating Committee, at nominations@chps.net. The candidates who are nominated by the Nominating Committee must be elected by the current Board before July 1st when the Board term begins.