The GARE Membership Network is organized via a Steering Committee and Committees based on work plan priorities, including regional networks and subject-area networks.
The Steering Committee is responsible for:
- Development and implementation of an annual workplan, including implementation of sub-committees and tracking of progress of sub-committees (regional and topic-based);
- Reviewing and approving operating procedures, structural adjustments, and changes to the membership agreement;
- Ensuring integration of the Membership Network with the larger body of GARE work;
- Maintaining communications and accountability with the full membership;
- Development and implementation of a three- to five-year strategic plan;
- Making recommendations to Race Forward on proposed annual action plans, longer-term strategic plans and emerging priorities.
The Steering Committee consists of:
- 2-3 representatives from each of the regional networks (Northwest, West, Midwest and South, and East). The regional representatives to the Steering Committee are expected to facilitate two-way communication between the Steering Committee and the region;
- 1 or 2 representatives from the Center for Social Inclusion (other than the Director of GARE);
- 1 or 2 representatives from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society;
- 3-5 representatives from GARE’s Technical Assistance Advisory Group;
- Director of GARE
The members listed above will determine if there are any gaps, such as form of government (city, county, regional), demographics (racial, urban / rural, etc), and experience (newer versus more experienced jurisdictions), and will supplement the Steering Committee to fill these gaps as needed on an annual basis.
The Steering Committee will select two members as co-chairs. The co-chairs will work with the Director to:
- Develop monthly agendas;
- Expand membership, adding new jurisdictions on an on-going basis and providing a smooth and seamless on-boarding process, and support regional organizing;
- Draft clear operating procedures and structure, including decision making; and
- Ensure integration of the Network with the larger body of work of GARE
- Steering Committee members and Steering Committee Co-chairs will serve two-year terms and be staggered to ensure continuity, as well as the development of new leadership.