It’s time to start planning for the 2021 National Advisory Council (NAC) elections! NAC is an elected body of Brigade members and leaders, which works with Code for America on how to best support the Brigade Network. NAC members share their expertise, build relationships, cultivate a diverse body of local leadership, ensure a safe community, and ultimately champion the interests of the Brigade Network at large.
To get involved in election planning, join our working group kickoff call on Tuesday, November 24, at 6 pm EST / 3 pm PST, or catch up with the planning team asynchronously on the #nac_elections Slack channel!
The channel and meetings will remain open to all, but please keep in mind that if you’re planning to become a candidate for NAC, you’ll be asked to participate as an observer, not actively contributing to election planning.
In 2021, our five at-large seats are up for election. That means that, unlike the 2020 NAC election, candidates can be elected from anywhere in the country; there is no regional division. To be eligible to run for NAC (and to vote in the election), you do not need to be in a Brigade leadership position, but you do need to be a member of an active Brigade. That means that your Brigade must have signed the 2021 MOU and completed the End of Year Survey to be eligible.
This year, we’re both expanding the time allotted to each phase of the election, and pushing the whole process a bit earlier:
NAC Election Timeline:
- November 18, 2020: Election working group announced, work begins on election planning and candidate recruitment.
- December 15, 2020: Election framework is finalized, nomination period for candidates begins. Candidate recruitment continues throughout this phase.
- January 15, 2020: Candidate nomination period closes, voting begins.
- February 15, 2020: Voting closes