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The Illinois Solar Energy and Storage Association (ISEA) is a 501(c)(6) organization established on April 30, 1979. The ISEA Board of Directors may have between eleven (11) and seventeen (17) members with four Directors serving as Officers - President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Officers are elected for one-year terms by the Board members. Directors are elected to 2-year terms either by ISEA member vote or appointment by the Directors in accordance with ISEA bylaws.

Illinois Solar Energy Association Mission: Building a Strong Solar Industry to Power Illinois


As representatives of the Illinois Solar Energy and Storage Association membership, the Board of Directors (BOD is the primary force advancing ISEA's fulfillment of service to its membership.


Directors bring a diversity of talents and capabilities to the Illinois Solar Energy and Storage Association, as well as a passion to materially fulfill its mission.

ISEA welcomes Directors who represent diversity in age, ethnicity, gender identity, geography, immigration background, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. The Association seeks Directors who represent various aspects of the solar industry, including representation from the various market segments: residential, commercial, community, and utility-scale solar, as well as equipment manufacturers and supply chain retailers. Individuals in related industries, such as legal, finance, education, environment, real estate, and nonprofit organizations are also encouraged to apply .

All candidates should have innate leadership, management, and well- developed interpersonal skills, as well as patience, good humor, and be able to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts.

Board Director candidates must be Illinois Solar Energy and Storage Association members to be eligible for a Director position. Directors commit to a minimum financial commitment to the organization of five thousand dollars annually. This commitment may be attained through membership dues, policy committee participation, and fundraising opportunities.


The Illinois Solar Energy and Storage Association Directors are expected to lend their knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist ISEA in executing its mission through fundraising, advocacy, education, marketing, and related activities. Fundraising, through direct or leveraged actions, is key to the continued growth and success of ISEA.

The role of each Director is to serve a two-year term by leading, advising, and supporting the activities of ISEA. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Attend Board meetings prepared to further the success of ISEA and to support ISEA’s mission and goals.

  • Participate in standing Committees as assigned and on an as-needed basis. Providing advice, encouragement, and voice for the Committee to the Board.

  • Identify and nominate candidates for vacant Board positions.

  • Accept special assignments designated by the President.

  • Remain current on the activities of ISEA (and the Illinois Solar Education Association) by following its publications (includes electronic and print), issues, and interests.

  • Remain current on issues affecting the nonprofit sector and like trade organizations as it relates to the mission of the Association, its members, and community at large.

  • Inform the Board and remain proactive to assist ISEA with supporting its members and enhancing its funding sources.

  • Act as a role model, change agent, and professional exemplar.


    1. Planning

    • Approve ISEA’s mission and review management (Board & Executive Director) performance in achieving it.

    • Annually develop, review, and approve the ISEA strategic plan and budget.

    • Develop and support ISEA legislative and regulatory strategy.

    2. Organization

    • Work with the Executive Director to create a strategic direction for the Association and to set short and long term goals.

    • Actively participate in Board meetings and Committee assignments.

    • Support sponsoring donor and community-building events as designated by the Board.

    • Identify potential funding sources and assist with securing organizational funding.

    • Identify candidates and determine the eligibility of candidates for the nomination of officers and directors.

    3. Operations

    • Review results achieved in comparison to ISEA’s mission, program plans, and strategic plan.

    • Ascertain that the financial structure of the ISEA is adequate for its current needs and the implementation of the strategic plan by approving an annual budget.

    • Provide advice, comments, and direction to the members of the Board and Executive Director.

    • Approve major actions of ISEA, such as capital expenditures on all projects or consulting services over authorized limits and major changes in programs, services, office location, etc.

    • Review monthly and annual financial results for the organization and ensure, through the oversight of the Finance Committee, that reports are accurate and in accordance with accepted accounting principles.

    4. Executive Board

    • Ensure Association management continuity is properly provided. Annually evaluate the performance of staff and approve appropriate compensation and benefit policies and practices.


      Board members serve a two-year term and will meet on a regularly scheduled basis as follows:

      • At the first Board meeting of the year, the Board of Directors will determine its meeting  dates.

      • An annual all day in person strategy planning session is held in the fall. Participation in Association related meetings such as member events, lobby days, etc is strongly encouraged.

      Additional meetings (i.e committee, or special circumstance) may be scheduled with advance notice. As active Board member participation is critical to the success of the Association, it is expected that each Board member will participate in no less than nine (9) of the eleven (11) annual Board meetings in order to maintain their position on the Board.



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