Become a National PTA Leader

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National PTA is seeking candidates to stand for election at the National PTA Convention & Expo in June 2018 for the following national leadership positions:

  • Eight (8) Member Representatives for the National PTA Board of Directors (2018-2020 term)
  • Two (2) Members for the Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee (2018-2021 term) 

You can submit a Letter of Interest to the Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee for consideration. Your completed letter of interest and accompanying documents must be submitted to the National PTA online before 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday, October 1, 2017. 

YOU MUST BE A PTA MEMBER AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION. Please contact your state PTA or National PTA for membership opportunities.

Watch the September 14th webinar “The Pathway to Serving at the National Level” which outlines the nominating and recruitment process and LOI steps.

Committees are appointed by the president and approved by the board of directors. Committee appointments for the 2017-2019 term are complete at this time. Sign up to receive more information about committee positions when they become available. 

Please share the online Letter of interest application to your constituents, local units, councils, PTA friends and other qualified individuals. If you have questions, please call Fatima Collins, NLRC Staff Liaison, at (703) 518-1251 or email

Thank you for your interest in National PTA leadership positions.


Email or call (703) 518-1251.

What is the NLRC?

The Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee (NLRC) 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 NLRC committee.

Who Serves on the NLRC?

The elected members of the NLRC 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 NLRC Committee

  • Shaton Berry (MI), Chair
  • Maricela Arias-Cantu (TX), Vice-chair
  • Vito Borrello (NY)
  • Harold Dixon (NC)
  • Anita Smith (TN)
  • Melissa Nehrbass (VA)
  • Dawn Stastny (GA)

How Does the NLRC Find Candidates?

The NLRC is open to receiving applications from interested candidates and welcomes recommendations from PTA’s membership. As part of its role, members of the NLRC 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

(Appointed by the PTA president, in odd years)

  • Bylaws and Policy
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach
  • Elections
  • Field Service
  • Finance*
  • Historical Preservation
  • Legislation
  • Membership
  • Nominating and Leadership Recruitment(NLRC)
  • Resolutions
  • Youth Engagement

Special Committees

(Appointed by the PTA president)

  • Constituent Outreach
  • Endowment
  • Member Engagement

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