Meet Our Leadership
The work of the American Folklore Society depends on the energy and vision of our members, with special appreciation for a dedicated band of volunteers who take on extra responsibilities. Our President and Executive Board are elected to provide oversight and direction, and to make critical governing decisions. Additionally, the Board is advised by committees and working groups whose members tackle a range of issues and provide informed perspectives for the Board to consider.
The American Folklore Society, founded in 1888 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and incorporated in Washington, DC, in 1978, is a non-profit organization. A 13-member Executive Board, headed by a President and (depending upon the year) either a President-Elect or a Past President, provides leadership for the organization and governs the Society on behalf of its community of members.
Every year, we elect Executive Board and Nominating Committee members. Every other year, we elect a new President. Members are encouraged to make sure their voice is heard.
The Society’s Bylaws set forth the purpose of the American Folklore Society and contain foundational guidelines for its organization and operations. The Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the membership
The Executive Board meets twice a year. Official minutes summarize the Board’s actions and are formally approved by the Board at its next meeting.
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