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Trustee Involvement Opportunities Are Now Available!

Applications are due March 8, 2021

The AHA has numerous avenues for trustee involvement and participation in the Association’s governance, grassroots advocacy, policy development and field leadership initiatives.

The AHA 2021 Invitation for Trustee Involvement and AHA Trustee Involvement Online Application are now available. Although candidates from across the country are welcome to apply for at-large and other openings, certain regions will need more trustees than usual due to those in current positions reaching term limits. See the AHA Region Map for the states comprising each Region.

Appointments for trustees are available on two AHA committees annually — the Committee on Governance (COG) and the Regional Policy Boards (RPB). The COG is a national committee comprised of trustees while the Regional Policy Boards are regional committees comprised of CEOs, physicians, and trustees.

The deadline for this round of applications is March 8, 2021. Applications received by the 2021 deadline are for positions that begin in January of 2022. For more information on Trustee Involvement opportunities, please contact Elizabeth Maze Clarey (, AHA specialist of trustee engagement.

How to Apply

To apply for an opening, please complete the online application. This application can be accessed by clicking here. Be sure to submit a separate endorsement portion of your application prior to the March 8, 2021 deadline.

The endorsement page requires signatures from the trustee applicant, the hospital or health system CEO, and the board chair. This form can be returned to Elizabeth Maze Clarey (, AHA specialist of trustee engagement.

Please note that your application will not be considered complete until the endorsement page is received by AHA staff. 

Eligibility Requirements

The Leadership Development Committee of the AHA Committee on Governance (COG) is actively soliciting nominations of trustees for 2022 leadership positions.

  • All appointees must be associated with an AHA institutional member hospital or health system throughout their term on the committee.
  • Board Committee involvement does not make you eligible for consideration.
  • Regional appointees must be associated with an institutional member of the AHA located within the region.
  • Trustee appointees must have at least three years experience as a trustee by the time of the appointment.
  • No more than one representative from a hospital may serve on the same committee and only one trustee candidate may be nominated per organization per year.

AHA Committee on Governance


  • Providing input into AHA’s policy development.
  • Leading effective trustee involvement in grassroots advocacy.
  • Providing advice on AHA’s trustee initiatives.
  • Enhancing communication with and involvement of trustees in the AHA.


The COG is composed of 28 members: the chair-elect, chair, immediate past-chair, nine regional members, and up to 16 at-large members. All members of the COG are expected to serve the mission and goals of the AHA rather than the interests of any one constituency. The COG seeks to have broad racial, ethnic, and gender mix, be geographically diverse, and is composed primarily of health care trustees.

Meetings/Term of Office

The COG usually meets three times a year, with meeting sites across the country. Terms for COG members are usually three years and selected candidates are expected to complete the full term of their appointment.

AHA Regional Policy Boards


The nine Regional Policy Boards (RPB) assist in fostering and maintaining communication between the AHA and its membership and state associations, and assist in developing AHA policy by providing input on policy issues to be considered by the Board of Trustees; serving as ad hoc policy development committees when appropriate; assisting in implementing AHA policy and programs; and identifying problems and needs unique to the region and assisting in developing programs to meet these needs.


Each RPB consists of the RPB chair, delegates from each state in the region, constituency and membership section delegates, and regional physician and trustee delegates. There is an alternate delegate for each delegate. Also participating in the RPBs are officers of the AHA Board of Trustees, chief executive officers of state associations, a representative from the American Organization of Nurse Executives, metropolitan/regional association executives, and the Regional Trustee Liaisons.

Meetings/Term of Office

RPBs meet three times a year, with meeting sites rotated among the states in the region. Terms for RPB members are usually three years.

Call for Nominations

Candidate Criteria

The Leadership Development Committee is seeking nominations for candidates who have exhibited accomplishments in one or more of the following:

  • Leadership in community-focused health care delivery
  • Leadership in local hospital/system or other health care organization board
  • Participation in state or metropolitan health care association activities
  • Participation and leadership in other AHA involvement opportunities
  • Leadership in local or national political advocacy activities

In addition, the following personal characteristics are sought in trustee candidates:

  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Willingness to devote time for COG/RPB meetings and responsibilities
  • Fairness
  • Consensus builder
  • Ethical
  • Strong interest in public policy discussion and debate
  • Active participant and contributor to discussions
  • Flexibility

Nominations Process

Candidates will be interviewed by telephone by members of the COG’s Leadership Development Committee. Nominations made by the Leadership Development Committee are forwarded to the Committee on Governance. AHA’s Board of Trustees makes final approval of appointments, with letters sent to nominees in the fall. Those not selected for COG or RPB positions will serve as the trustee leadership pool for other appointments in the American Hospital Association.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Maze Clarey (, specialist for trustee engagement, at the American Hospital Association.