Changes Proposed to CSG Governance Structure
By John Mountjoy, CSG Director of Policy
CSG’s recent National Leadership Conference in La Quinta, Calif., not only supplied the backdrop for an excellent meeting, but also provided the venue at which significant progress was made on proposed changes to CSG’s national governance structure and processes.
“I’m pleased with the progress our working group and drafting team have made. These proposed changes provide CSG leaders the necessary tools to govern this diverse organization and advance CSG’s nonpartisan, multibranch and multistate mission,” said Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, CSG’s 2012 national chair.
The proposed changes to CSG’s governance model include creating a three-tiered governance committee system with expanded representation from key internal and external stakeholders; solidifying a process for the regional rotation of CSG’s leaders; establishing a new Interbranch Affairs committee’ recognizing the appropriate state-based appointing authorities to CSG’s committees and task forces; and streamlining CSG’s regional governance documents to be consistent with national governance tools.
“These are not radical changes,” said Emler. “Rather, these reasonable adjustments make CSG a stronger and more unified organization while implementing several best practices from the world of membership association management.”
The conversation about CSG’s governance structure began during the Executive Committee meeting in June 2011 and quickly emerged as a priority for then-CSG National Chair Rep. Bob Godfrey of Connecticut, who continues to chair the National Governance Working Group.
The governance group was created following the June meeting to examine key ways CSG could advance its mission through enhancements to its governance structure. Meeting twice in late 2011, the National Governance Working Group established broad goals for enhancing CSG’s governance model. Earlier this year, a Governance Drafting Team was developed to put pen to paper on these broad recommendations and met several times to craft a proposed set of revised CSG governance documents.
Members of these teams included current and past national and regional CSG leadership, as well as representatives from CSG’s affiliate and associate communities.
Following these meetings—and with oversight from the larger Working Group—the Drafting Team has made significant progress on adjustments to CSG’s governance structure and processes.
During the CSG Executive Committee meeting May 20, the Working Group submitted its draft revisions to CSG leadership for review. Following this release of proposed governance changes, CSG’s leadership plans to visit with members during each of CSG’s regional meetings in 2012 to ensure broad information sharing, consensus and transparency.
Final approval for these changes will be sought from CSG’s Governing Board during the 2012 National Conference in Austin, Texas, Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.