We hope you consider self-nominating for the upcoming Trunk selection process! Please submit your name by Noon on June 3, when we will close the nomination window.

Following June 3, the current Trunk, Roots & Rings will solicit feedback from our community on those nominated until June 10. Voting will simultaneously open on June 3, with results announced no later than June 17.

With the many changes that have been planted, nurtured, and cherished, Catharsis on the Mall believes that our community can help us to continue growing in a regenerative manner and to leverage community support, input and ideas. Presented below is the next step in our collective evolution, which we view as an ongoing experiment always subject to reflection and further transformation.

Going forward, accountability and authority for Catharsis on the Mall belongs to an eleven person Catharsis Trunk, (essentially a board using a combination of our public election results, matching skills to needs, and interviews with candidates). The Catharsis Roots & Rings (2015-2019 board members) will exist only in a new advisory role.

2019 & 2020 Trunks United

2021 Trunk Selection Process

  • Noon Wednesday, May 6 – Nominations open; Interviews begin
  • Noon Wednesday, June 3 – Nominations close
  • 3pm Wednesday, June 3 – Voting opens
  • 7pm Thursday, June 4 – Catharsis Nominee Meet & Greet
  • 3pm Wednesday, June 10 – Voting closes
  • Noon Wednesday, Jun 17 – 2021 Trunk Announced

The Catharsis on the Mall Trunk comprises leaders from the District’s creative and activist communities who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. Serving on the Catharsis on the Mall Trunk is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the mission, strengthening leadership, connecting different parts of our Washington DC community, and governance in our community.

Trunk members are expected to attend trunk meetings regularly throughout the year. They are expected to come prepared to all meetings by reading all materials such as emails or documents in the Shared Folder. The expectation is to have engaged members that have questions and participate in discussions. Additionally, Trunk members will have a designated buddy to help them along the way.

Trunk members are expected to serve on one or more committees aka Branches of the trunk and to actively participate in Branch work.

Trunk members are expected to play an active role in securing the financial resources necessary for Catharsis on the Mall to achieve its mission. Trunk members are expected to leverage personal relationships and connections to help the development Branch identify and solicit potential funders, as well as directly invest in Catharsis on the Mall’s work through their contribution of time, energy, and resources each year.

Trunk members are expected to responsibly represent Catharsis on the Mall to their respective communities and to advocate for Catharsis on the Mall’s mission and programs.

Trunk terms last for one year and Trunk members can serve for up to two consecutive terms.

Full Trunk meetings have been scheduled as frequently as every other week, in the months immediately before the event. Branch meetings generally occur at least once a month, with some Branches meeting more than others. So Trunk members should be prepared to commit to 6 hours of meetings a month at times, with at least as much work outside of meetings.

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