Board Member Volunteer Opportunity for Leading Democracy Organization

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is seeking new Board Members to help lead a growing movement for grassroots democracy.

We are looking for a few new Board Members to play a key role in building a sustainable foundation for the organization and the participatory budgeting (PB) movement. We are especially interested in candidates who have a background in nonprofit law, management, marketing, finance, or fundraising, and who have experience with PB. New Board Members may be based anywhere in the US or Canada.



Help advance a growing movement for real grassroots democracy by serving on the Board of Directors for the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). Board Members provide critical support for the leading nonprofit working on participatory budgeting in the US and Canada.

Our is to empower people across the US and Canada to decide together how to spend public money. We create and support participatory budgeting (PB) processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 17 cities, we have engaged over 200,000 people in deciding how to spend $170 million.



Board members play an essential role in supporting and sustaining the organization, and commit to the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Serve at least a two-year term, beginning Fall 2016 or Winter 2017;
  • Oversee and guide the organization’s programmatic growth and its financial and legal health.
  • Attend six board meetings per year, via phone or in person;
  • Contribute additional work outside of meetings, by serving on at least one board committee; and
  • Assist with fundraising, including donor cultivation, participation in fundraising events, and making individual donations;
  • Serve as an ambassador for the organization by representing and promoting our work in the wider community.



We are especially interested in candidates who have at least five years experience in nonprofit law, management, marketing, or fundraising, and who have experience as participants or organizers of PB processes. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals. New Board Members may be based anywhere in the US or Canada, though we appreciate applications from individuals who live in the New York City area or who frequently travel to New York.


How to Apply:

To apply, send a resume and a letter of interest (highlighting the contributions you expect to make to the organization) by October 10th, 2016 to Josh Lerner (Executive Director) and Michael Menser (Board Chair) at, with “Board Application” in the subject line. For more information, visit our website at

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