Lead. Serve. Inspire

The SACNAS Board of Directors meaningfully contributes to serving SACNAS and its mission through setting (1) strategic direction, (2) providing oversight, and (3) ensuring resources to foster the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. 

As the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM diversity organization in the country, SACNAS seeks candidates from all STEM sectors to consider a self-nomination. Serving on the board comes with leadership opportunities and unique experiences that will enrich your career and life. 

The deadline to submit a nomination application for president-elect, general, and graduate student board is July 17, 2023.


Upcoming Informational Webinar:
In anticipation of the nomination period, we will be hosting an informational webinar on Tuesday, June 13 at 1 pm (PDT) via Zoom. Please register here!
This is an opportunity to bring your unique skills, expertise, and experiences to lead our community and further advance our vision to achieve True Diversity in STEM and we want you to be fully informed and excited about potentially joining the Board. Please note that once you register to attend, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

How to Submit

your nomination

  1. The candidate must be a SACNAS member. Become a Member / Renew Membership Here. 
  2. Read Candidate Criteria and Board Member Responsibilities and Expectations (PDF), SACNAS Code of Ethics, and the 2021-2026 SACNAS Strategic Plan 
  3. Submit a completed nomination application, which includes uploading an abbreviated (5-page max) CV/resume and professional headshot. 
  4. Submit a 5-minute (or less) video about why you want to run for the SACNAS Board of Directors.
  5. The nomination deadline is  Monday, July 17 at 11:59 pm PT. All materials must be in by this date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Self-nominations are welcome. To nominate someone else, please share this webpage with them or contact elections@sacnas.org and provide the name and contact information of the person you would like to nominate so that SACNAS can invite them to submit their nomination materials.


Nominations deadline is

July 17, 2023 at 11:59pm PT 


The Details

Why serve on the board?

Board members provide guidance and vision for our organization through direct service, fundraising, and top-level leadership. As the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM diversity organization in the country, SACNAS seeks candidates from all STEM sectors to consider a self-nomination for the National Board of Directors. Bring your unique skills, expertise, and experiences to help lead our community and further our vision to achieve True Diversity in STEM. 
In addition to the personal satisfaction of giving back to an organization that fosters the success of the next generation of diverse STEM talent, serving on the board comes with professional opportunities and unique experiences that will enrich your career and life. It’s also a valuable opportunity to deepen your leadership skills and governance experience. 

Available Positions


Term length: 4 years (2024-President-Elect, 2025 & 2026-President, 2027-Past President) 

General Board:

Term length: 3 years (January 2024 – December 2026) 

Student Board:

Term length: 3 years (January 2024 – December 2026) 

Candidate Criteria, Board Responsibilities & Expectations

SACNAS seeks candidates who are: 

  • Leaders or executives in all three sectors (academia, government/nonprofit, & private industry), especially but not limited to the physical sciences and engineering.  
  • Not required, but experience in fund development, governance, business practices, and finances/budget is desired.  
  • Candidates must: 
    – Read and agree to the Board Member Responsibilities and Expectations (PDF) 
    – Read and agree to SACNAS Code of Ethics  

Election Process & Results

Per SACNAS bylaws, all dues-paying members are eligible to vote. Professional and postdoc members can vote for general board members. Undergraduate and graduate student members can vote for graduate student board members.

Elections results are published on the SACNAS website and announced to the membership via email the second week in December.  

Nominations and Elections Timeline

June 15, 2023:
Board candidate applications open

July 17, 2023:
Board candidate applications deadline

July - August 2023:
Candidates reviewed & selected by Nominations Subcommittee

October 26 – November 26, 2023:

December 2023:
Elections results announced to membership

Mid-Late December 2023:
New Board Member Onboarding Session 1


Mid-Late January 2024:
New Board Member Onboarding Session 2

Learn more from current & past Board Members:

It is the policy of SACNAS not to discriminate against any individual or group for reasons of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, age, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental or sensory disability, genetic information, military status or any other consideration protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. SACNAS is committed to providing equal opportunities in all activities including application for board service.

Diversity and inclusion are more than just words to SACNAS. They are integral parts of our history, culture, and identity. They are the principles that founded our organization, guide our strategic path forward, and help us fulfill our mission. We continually seek to build and maintain a Board of Directors that reflects the rich diversity of our organization and country. We look for and celebrate diverse voices, experiences, backgrounds, and talents to help us approach our work fearlessly, spark creativity, drive innovation, improve constantly, and celebrate our successes. Simply put, everyone is welcome at SACNAS. We believe that an inclusive organization is one where our employees, volunteers, and board members feel empowered to be their full, authentic selves.

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