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Feb 9, 2021: Chi Hack Night's Second Board Election

Published on Jan 19, 2021 by Alexis Shoemaker , Eric Sherman

Stand up for democracy!

On Tuesday February 9, 2021, Chi Hack Night will hold our second election for our Board of Directors. The Chi Hack Night Board of Directors, composed of 11 members, is responsible for governing our non-profit organization, as well as running our events, managing our website, keeping the books, and doing all the other things needed to make Chi Hack Night happen.

There are a total of 6 seats up in this election. Four of them will be chosen by Chi Hack Night Members based on popular vote and two will be appointed by the current Board of Directors with majority Membership approval. All of the seats are 2 year terms, with the exception of one Board seat vacated after year 1; this seat will be filled for the remaining 1 year of the term.

Here’s a breakdown of the available seats:

Board seat Current director Election status
Elected Derek Eder Incumbent is running
Elected Josh Kalov Incumbent is running
Elected Katie O’Shea Incumbent is running
Elected Soren Spicknall (vacant) Seat vacated in year 1; term for this seat will be 1 year
Appointed Steve Luker Seeking re-appointment
Appointed Monique Wingard (vacant) Not seeking re-appointment

To vote in this election, or to run or be appointed to a Board seat, you must be a Member of Chi Hack Night prior to Tuesday February 2, 2021. If you are not sure of your membership status, email membership@chihacknight.org.

Running for the Board

Are you a Member of Chi Hack Night and interested in running for the Board? Great! Here’s what you need to do:

  • By Tuesday, February 2, 2021
  • By Friday February 5, 2021
    • Fill out the Candidate Statement Form. Make your case for why you should be part of the Chi Hack Night Board. All candidate statements will be shared out publicly ahead of the election.
  • On Election Night Tuesday February 9, 2021
    • Be prepared with a 1-2 minute speech to deliver to members sharing why you are seeking a position on the Board.

What would my responsibilities as a Board member be?

Being on the Chi Hack Night Board of Directors is a volunteer position and we have no paid staff. All of the work of Chi Hack Night is done by the Board and other volunteers. The Board is divided up into 10 committees responsible for a core function of Chi Hack Night:

  • Breakout Group Support
  • Community Engagement
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Event Operations
  • Fundraising and Finances
  • Membership
  • Onboarding
  • Booking
  • Social Media
  • Website

You will be expected to join several of these committees to support Chi Hack Night’s objectives and volunteer your time to them. In addition, you will be expected to attend or call in to 9 Board meetings a year. You will not be expected to make any financial contribution to Chi Hack Night.

Have questions about the election process? Let us know at info@chihacknight.org. Want to know what it’s like to serve on the Board? Send a Slack message to any of our current Directors and we’d be happy to share our experiences.

Yay democracy and long live Chi Hack Night! We’ll see you online for the Board election on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.


About the authors

Alexis Shoemaker

Alexis Shoemaker
Board Member, Chi Hack Night

Eric Sherman

Eric Sherman
Board Member, Chi Hack Night