Call for Nominations for the 2019-2020 SCA Board of Directors

Call for Nominations for the 2019-2020 SCA Board of Directors

IIn an email to SCA members this week, we announced the forthcoming elections for six members of the SCA Board due to be elected later this year. The elections are the first to take place at the board level since the unification of the SCAA and SCAE in 2017.


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About the SCA Board of Directors
The SCA Board of Directors currently has 18 volunteer members that are serving either a 2 year or 3 year term, and are supported by two non-voting Executive Board Members, the CEO and Deputy CEO.

The members elected to serve on the 2019-2020 SCA Board will serve a two-year term running from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020. SCA Board members fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Strategic & fiduciary oversight of the Association
  • Serve on at least one SCA Advisory Council as a chair or co-chair
  • Attend and actively participate in board of director meetings, including regular quarterly meetings and other meetings as determined by the board


Participating in the SCA as a director is a volunteer position.  Directors receive per diem reimbursement for travel and lodging for board of directors’ meetings per our travel and reimbursement policy.  It is required that an SCA Director be an eligible voting member of the Association.

Nominating Committee

The first stage in the process was for the current Board of Directors to approve the Nominating Committee that will present a slate of nominees. The Nominating Committee is now in place and made up of the following individuals:

  • Paul Stack, President
  • Heather Perry, Vice President
  • Christina Meinl, 2nd Vice President
  • Cosimo Libardo (Emeritus Director)
  • Ben Pitts (Emeritus Director)
  • Ric Rhinehart, CEO (non-voting)
  • Yannis Apostolopoulos, Deputy CEO (non-voting)
Nominations Process

The Nominating Committee will now work together to compile a list of suitable candidates that consider a wide variety of criteria, including industry knowledge and experience, previous leadership involvement at board level, and diversity. This list will be presented to the current Board of Directors later in the year and, once approved, will then be announced to the membership. A detailed overview of the nominee evaluation process can be found here.

All members are encouraged to submit names of candidates who would make a valuable contribution to the Association by serving on the SCA Board of Directors. However, the nominating committee is bound by the Association’s bylaws to maintain balanced representation and all nominations will be considered with these requirements in mind. You may submit your nominations directly to the SCA using this online formPlease submit your nomination by 9:00am PST / 5:00pm BST on June 23, 2018.

Do you have questions about the elections process? Get in touch with our Member Services team at The election process and procedure is outlined in detail in the SCA bylaws as published on our website here:

JAMES HUMPOLETZ is the Chief Membership and Communications Officer at the Specialty Coffee Association.

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Visit the Specialty Coffee Association Board of Directors Election Portal for the most up-to-date elections information. Click on the various tabs to familiarize yourself with the process and timeline. Voting will open on November 1, 2018.