Board Elections


2017 Board Elections 

Every year members are encouraged to participate in the governance of PhillyCAM by electing board members and also by running for the board.  The board of directors is responsible for insuring the health and growth of the PhillyCAM and keeping our work in line with our mission, vision and values.

Board members are elected to an initial 2-year term and may serve up to 3 consecutive terms.  Board members are expected to attend meetings, serve on at least one board committee, participate in discussions and decision-making related to policies for organizational governance, represent PhillyCAM publicly, participate in long-range planning, approve the annual budget, and other responsibilities as needed. 

PhillyCAM's board is made up of 19 people, 15 are elected in various categories which include: 8 members are nominated by a non-profit organization, 4 are individual Voting members,  2 are Certified Producers and 1 member is nominated by community media/media justice organization. The other 4 board members are appointed, they include: President of City Council (or their designee), Chief Innovation Officer of the City of Philadelphia (or their designee).  The Board of Trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the School Reform Commission each have one (1) appointee.   For more information about the board election please refer to the Article IV of the Bylaws.


Running for the Board Info Packet pdf


Board Election Timeline

Mon January 30  - *NEW* Mandatory Board Candidate Oriention from 6:30 - 7:30pm at PhillyCAM

Thu February 9  - *NEW* Mandatory Board Candidate Oriention from 6:30 - 7:30pm at PhillyCAM

Tue February 13  -  Nominations Due by midnight.

Wed March 15 - Candidates Announced.

Tue March 21  - Electronic Ballots emailed to current members.  Voting will take place from March  22 to March 30.  

Thu March 30 - Annual Member Meeting, Voting Closes at 8:00 pm, Election results will be announced at the close of the Annual Meeting

Fri March 31 - Election Results Posted on PhillyCAM website and via an email to the entire membership.


Nominations and Voting will be conducted entirely online this election. There will no longer be paper ballots. If you have limited access to a computer you can use PhillyCAM computers to submit nominations or vote.  You can also seek assistance at PhillyCAM in completing nomination forms or voting.


Who can run for the Board?

PhillyCAM is a membership organization with a board of directors elected by its members.

Any PhillyCAM member in good standing, who is a resident of Philadelphia, may run for available Board of Director positions. 

1) You can nominate yourself.  Complete the Individual Nomination Form Online.  Note: Self-nominating individual members must also  Submit a Signature Form signed by 20 current PhillyCAM members. 

2)  You can be nominated by a non-profit (see list below) or by any current organizational member of PhillyCAM. Non-profits named in the PhillyCAM Bylaws (see list below) may nominate a candidate by completing this Organization Nomination Form Online.  


Who would be a good board member of PhillyCAM?

An effective board includes individuals with a mix of the qualities listed here in the Suggested Board Qualities document. While not every individual will offer all of these qualities, a board with a mix of perspectives, experience and commitments will best advance the mission of PhillyCAM. Please consider these qualities if you considering running or nominating someone. 


There are 9 seats are available for this 2017 Board Election

Self-Nominated Individual Member – 3 Seats Open, Two 2 Year terms and One single year term. (Indicate on your nomination form if you prefer to serve for a single year or the full 2 year term)

Any individual member who is a Voting Member of PhillyCAM, in good standing, and a resident of the City of Philadelphia. Members wishing to run as a self-nominated must have their nominating petition signed by twenty (20) other PhillyCAM members.

Certified Producer - 2 Seats Open

Certified producers have successfully completed one of PhillyCAM's Core Workshops -- Basic Field Production, Intro to Studio Crew, Adobe Premiere or DIY Radio/Audio Production.

Nominations by non-profit organizations head-quartered within the City of Philadelphia – 4 Seats Open

Organization members of PhillyCAM that are non-profit corporations or organizations may nominate candidates for Directors.

Nominations of candidates for Director will also be sought from and be made by the following nonprofit corporations and organizations.  The African American Museum in Philadelphia, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Asian Arts Initiative, Asociacion de Musicos Latino Americanos (AMLA), Bread and Roses Community Fund, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Clean Air Council, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Community Education Center, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Drexel University, The Franklin Institute, Freedom Theater, LaSalle University, Liberty Resources, Lincoln University, Mazzoni Center, Moore College of Art and Design, New Sanctuary Movement, Painted Bride Art Center, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PennPIRG, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, Philadelphia Folklore Project, The Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia Housing Authority, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia NAACP, National Organization for Women (Phila Chapter), Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (PhilaPOSH), Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Saint Joseph’s University, Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC),  Taller Puertorriqueno, Temple University, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, The University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, the Village of Arts and Humanities, William Way Community Center, William Penn Foundation, Women’s Way and X-Offenders for Community Empowerment.