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National PTA Elections

National PTA elections are held at our annual convention. The next elections will be in Las Vegas, June 22-25, 2017. View the 2017 Elections Candidates.

Eight Board of Directors Member Representatives are elected each year, and either two or three members of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) are elected each year based on a cycle defined in the National PTA Bylaws. National officers will be elected as well.

For more info about the governance, go to a description of leadership responsibilities, go to

To learn about our election process and bylaws and policies, read the National PTA Bylaws.


Email or call (703) 518-1251.

What is the NLDC?

The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) is an elected committee of seven members who are charged with screening and evaluating individuals and nominating candidates for such National PTA leadership positions as president-elect, secretary-treasurer, member representatives to the Board of Directors and the NLDC committee.

Who Serves on the NLDC?

The elected members of the NLDC represent a diverse cross-section of PTA, including geographic representation. Each member serves a term of three years and is unable to serve in any other position within the National PTA governance structure during said term.

2016-2017 NLDC Committee

  • Darlene V. Willis, Ph.D. (CA), Chair
  • Shaton Berry (MI), Vice-chair
  • Mary Kenfield (WA)
  • Vito Borrello (NY)
  • Maricela Arias-Cantu (TX)
  • Harold Dixon (NC)
  • Anita Smith (TN)

How Does the NLDC Find Candidates?

The NLDC is open to receiving applications from interested candidates and welcomes recommendations from PTA’s membership. As part of its role, members of the NLDC attend conferences, trainings and meetings at the national and state levels to take suggestions and observe PTA members in action.

Where Can Interested Candidates Serve?

There are numerous positions within the National PTA governance structure that can be in sync with a candidate’s interest. Candidates may express interest in officer positions, the board of directors and the following committees:

Standing Committees

  • Bylaws and Policy
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach
  • Field Service
  • Finance*
  • Historical Preservation
  • Legislation
  • Membership
  • Nominating and Leadership Development (NLDC)
  • Resolutions
  • Youth Involvement

Special Committees

  • Governance Policy
  • Convention Elections
  • Convention General Arrangements
  • Health and Safety
  • Programs (Reflections)
  • Resource Development





*Per bylaws, all members must be on the National PTA Board of Directors.