BikeWalkKC’s Board of Directors is looking for community leaders with a passion for making Greater Kansas City a safer and more welcoming place for people who walk and bike. The Board Nominating Committee is searching for director candidates with strong leadership skills and experience in helping nonprofit organizations execute strategy and development plans.
The organization is a regional and national leader in the fields of advocacy, public policy, education, community planning, and shared use mobility. We enjoy a growing base of loyal supporters and diversified funding base. This year we seek 2-3 individuals who can help us expand our partnerships with a broader pool of individual and institutional supporters who share our mission to redefine KC’s streets as places to build a culture of active living.
Commitment to Diversity
BikeWalkKC strives to reflect the diverse communities we serve, and as so we actively seek a wide ranging representation of Greater Kansas City’s ethnicity, gender, age, geography, income, and life experience. While have done a lot of work towards this goal, we still have a long way to go. Prospective candidates who can expand the board’s diversity in any of these or other areas are highly encouraged.
This year we are especially interested in candidates who can help us improve representation in some specific areas:
- People of color
- Business leaders whose employers can provide corporate charitable support
- Northland and Eastern Jackson County residents
- K-12 teachers, principals, or school administrators
- Health care professionals, especially physicians or hospital administrators
Expectation of Service
Board members are expected to attend regularly scheduled board meetings (at least six per year), serve on board committees as needed, provide counsel to BikeWalkKC’s executive staff in their areas of professional expertise and life experience, and maintain current membership in the organization.
The Board currently meets at 4:30 pm on the second Wednesday of even-numbered months.
How to get started
Candidates who are interested in exploring whether their skills and interests align with BikeWalkKC’s needs are invited to make an initial expression of interest in board membership by filling out this form.
Timeline and Pandemic Considerations
We normally on-board new members in June, but the pandemic has delayed our usual schedule. This year we will consider prospective board members on a rolling basis and have people join throughout the year. The board is meeting virtually for the foreseeable future.
BikeWalkKC is Missouri nonprofit corporation that is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) Exempt Organization. Headquarters are at 30th and Troost in Kansas City, MO, and the general service area is the five-county bi-state region encompassing Jackson, Johnson, Wyandotte, Clay, and Platte Counties. BikeWalkKC includes an affiliated c3 subsidiary, Bike Share KC, which encompasses our RideKC Bike bike share program. Board members serve on both boards simultaneously and act as one body for all practical purposes.
About the team
The Board oversees the Executive Director, who leads a team of 12 full-time professionals and an additional 15-plus part-time and seasonal employees.
More about us
- Mission, vision, and programs
- 2020 Strategic Plan (update in progress)
- Reports and financials
- Advocacy and public policy campaigns
- Education programs
- Community planning services
- RideKC Bike share
Thank you for your interest in board service!
Lesley Pories, MCRP, MALD
BikeWalkKC Board Chair
Sector Strategy Manager at Water.org