Chattanooga’s New Strategy for Growing Minority Nonprofit Board Membership

Board Connector is the straightforward name of a new nonprofit website whose mission couldn’t be more plain: connecting people to boards, and placing women and people of color in particular.

The brainchild of Chattanooga, Tennessee City Attorney Wade Hinton, as if in anticipation of the usual excuses of “can’t find candidates” or “candidates don’t have leadership and governance experience,” Board Connector’s framework has dotted its i’s and crossed its t’s. It has been designed to connect people of color and women (and, of course, those who are both) to positions on the city’s nonprofit boards; the eventual goal is to expand that outreach to other minority groups.

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