Chapter Board of Director Elections

Regular chapter elections are an opportunity for all chapter members to shape the activities of the chapter and influence the local game industry in general. 


The Board of Directors of the chapter consists of five members, including a Chair and a Vice Chair (or two co-Chairs), a Treasurer, and a Secretary, plus any other titled positions the Board may deem appropriate. One person may hold more than one office.


Elections are held for general seats on the Board, and not for specific positions. At the start of each new term, the Board votes to allocate position titles and duties among its members. Directors serve a two-year term, with staggered elections held annually. 


In the event that any seat on the Board is unable to be filled through regular elections or becomes vacant by resignation or any other reason, the remaining members of the Board may vote to appoint an interim Director to serve until the next election cycle.



Voting Eligibility

In order to vote in the election, you must be a paying, registered member of the IGDA. Student members are not eligible to run or vote; however, students may opt to purchase a professional rather than a student membership in order to participate in elections and receive the other benefits of full membership. To become a member, visit

2017 Election Timeline


  • November 6: Three-week nomination period opens. A call for nominations and request for candidate statements.
  • November 27: Nominations close at 11:59pm. LAST DAY FOR CANDIDATES TO REGISTER IGDA MEMBERSHIP.
  • November 29: The slate of nominees will be approved by the IGDA NYC Board of Directors and announced. Nominees' statements will be posted on the IGDA NYC website and social media channels. 
  • December 4: Two-week voting period opens. Votes will be cast using IGDA's website.
  • December 18: Voting closes. LAST DAY FOR VOTING MEMBERS TO REGISTER IGDA MEMBERSHIP. The winners will be privately notified by email within one week of the close of the election period. 
  • January 1: Newly elected members of the Board of Directors officially take office, vote on position appointments, and announce results to the chapter. 

Call for Nominations

With the transition period following the IGDA NYC chapter reboot complete, we are pleased to announce that nominations are open for new members of the chapter Board of Directors!


This year three seats are open, with Jess Haskins and James Seetal continuing to serve another year until their seats are up for election in 2018.


Qualifications for Office


Nominees for the IGDA NYC Chapter Board of Directors must:

  1. Be a member of the IGDA in good standing.
  2. Agree to abide by the Leadership (Board of Directors) Code of Ethics found here: 
  3. Agree to uphold the chapter Mission Statement and Values and Code of Conduct, found here: 
  4. Have read the IGDA Professional Chapter Handbook and agree to be bound by its terms. The manual can be found here: 

Level of Commitment

Members of the IGDA NYC Chapter Board of Directors should expect to commit an appropriate amount of time to carrying out the business of the chapter and fulfilling the duties of their office. The responsibilities of a Director may include:

  • Regular attendance at monthly virtual meetings of the Board.
  • Occasional attendance at public "Open Office Hours" and other IGDA NYC–hosted events.
  • Conducting the regular business of the chapter and being accountable for any owned tasks or action items.
  • Responsiveness to matters requiring timely communication via email or Slack.
  • Fulfilling the specific of duties of any titled position held. For example, the Secretary is responsible for keeping and distributing detailed meeting minutes and organizing the files and records of the chapter; the Treasurer is responsible for overseeing the chapter's funds, tracking expenses and disbursements, and reporting to the Board on financial matters.

 If you are interested in contributing to the chapter but unable to meet the commitments required of a director, you may wish to consider becoming a volunteer instead.


Nomination Procedure


Any member who meets the qualifications above may nominate herself or himself for election by following the procedure below.


IGDA Nomination Application


Please read and complete the following form by or before 11:59pm EST on November 27: 


Candidates' Statements


Each candidate will have the opportunity to prepare a statement that will be published to the IGDA NYC web site and emailed to chapter members as part of the election materials. This statement may be no more than 400 words long. Any statements longer than 400 words will be returned to the candidate and the candidate will be asked to provide a shorter one. If no statement of 400 words or less is provided before the close of nominations, the election materials will state that no statement was provided. 


Candidates are advised to maintain a professional tone and focus their statements on their personal philosophy, priorities and goals for the chapter (e.g., 3/4 of statement). It is acceptable for candidates to provide some background on themselves (e.g., 1/4 of statement).


No candidate's statement will be edited for any reason. However, the elections coordinator reserves the right to request edits or revisions if it is deemed that a candidate's statement contains inaccuracies, false statements, or inappropriate language or content.




Candidates who want to withdraw from the election before the election materials are distributed to members should notify an IGDA NYC co-Chair by emailing prior to the election meeting.



The IGDA NYC chapter relies on the active contributions and enthusiasm of its members to effectively function and serve the community. Thank you for taking part!