How are the Executive Committee and Task Force Members Chosen?

EXCOM Roles & Responsibilities

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EXCOM) is at the heart of the Action Alliance and its members have been carefully chosen to represent diverse perspectives from across our nation. In the spring of 2009, the Secretariat released a nomination survey to the general public. Subsequently, a nominating committee comprised of public sector and private sector suicide prevention leaders carefully reviewed the candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Does the candidate bring a new and needed perspective to the work of suicide prevention?
  • Does the candidate have significant influence to leverage change at the national level and advance high‐priority objectives of the National Strategy?
  • Does the candidate offer a unique contribution to the Executive Committee?

After the initial group of EXCOM members were selected, they attended the September 10, 2010 launch meeting of the Action Alliance. Since then, all new candidates for the Action Alliance are reviewed by the nominating committee, and all final decisions regarding membership are made by our public and privatesector co‐chairs.

Task Force Development

General Guidelines Task forces for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention should be developed within the following guidelines:

  • Task force objectives should be designed to produce impact at the national level by leveraging broad systems to effect widespread changes in policies and practices (versus product development or local impact).
  • Task force objectives should generally be achievable in 12 months or less, including initial dissemination of the output (s); however, some circumstances may require up to 18 months total.
  • Task force objectives should link to objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and/or recommendations from Charting the Future of Suicide Prevention, or reflect needs identified by the current scientific literature.
  • Priority should be given to suicide prevention areas that are under‐resourced or not already currently supported by other national initiatives.
  • Task forces should advance initiatives for the entire suicide prevention field and not just one suicide prevention organization.

Task Force Membership When possible, task forces are co‐led by public sector and private sector members of the Executive Committee. When that is not possible, Executive Committee members can suggest co‐leaders to fill these roles. Once the co‐leads have been determined, they develop a 12‐month scope of work and choose the task force members who are best suited to achieve the proposed objectives. If you are interested in learning more about task force opportunities, contact: 202‐572‐3784 or