Your board of directors sets the tone and direction of your organization. How do you build a strong, diverse, and engaged board? Then, once you accomplish that, how do you maintain member involvement? This training will provide a step-by-step guide to building an effective board as well as strategies for keeping members involved and accountable.


The training will be delivered online over the course of 4 weeks, beginning on September 4. Each week, except for the introductory week, will include a 75-minute facilitated webinar. In addition to participating in the webinar, you can expect to spend an additional hour per week completing written assignments, readings, or watching videos. CEUs will be awarded for this training.


Please note: This training is intended for staff within victim service organizations who work closely with a board of directors. It is not for those who are serving on a board of directors. Space is limited. Apply today to reserve your space.


HeadshotMarcie Davis
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Marcie Davis is the chief executive officer of Davis Innovations, a research and organizational development consulting firm focused on outreach to populations without adequate service and leadership development. She has been the director of underserved populations for the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs since October 2002. She recently was an instructor for the National Victim Assistance Academy Leadership Institute and the Effective Management Series: Board Development training. She is a nationally recognized victim assistance and disability advocate and trainer who leads a diverse staff in providing program development, leadership and management, training, technical writing, grant writing, and research and evaluation services to local, state, federal, and tribal governments and nongovernmental organizations. Ms. Davis has a B.S. in Paralegal Studies and a Master of Library Science, both from the University of Southern Mississippi.

HeadshotPamela Jacobs
Trenton, New Jersey

Pamela Jacobs is an advocate and attorney who has dedicated her career to serving victims of sexual and domestic violence. She has served in this field for more than 18 years, beginning as a court advocate with a direct service program, where she provided support for victims during civil and criminal court proceedings. While attending law school, she coordinated community awareness events and volunteer programs. Ms. Jacobs previously served as the Immigration and Outreach Project attorney with the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, providing legal services in family law and immigration proceedings and supervising a team working to improve services for victims in communities that historically lack adequate service. She also served as the executive director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, where she provided leadership and oversaw all coalition programs; worked closely with the board of directors; hired and trained staff; and advocated for victims in a variety of settings, including state committees, the media, and the legislature. For the past 5 years, Ms. Jacobs has provided consulting services to multidisciplinary professionals, including training boards of directors on governance, strategic planning, fiscal management, and empowerment-based leadership and supervision. Ms. Jacobs recently relocated to New Jersey, where she serves as the executive director of the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence. Ms. Jacobs earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University and a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law.

Dates and Time

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. (eastern time).

Introductory Week: Identifying and Cultivating Potential Board Members, September 4–7, no webinar this week.

Week 1: Assessing Board Needs and Recruiting and Orienting Board Members, September 10–14, webinar on September 14.

Week 2: Involving and Educating Board Members, September 17–21, webinar on September 21.

Week 3: Evaluating, Rotating, and Celebrating the Board, September 24–28, webinar on September 28.

For more information about this training, please email nvaa@ovcttac.org.

*OVC TTAC instructors have no vested interest in any product, instrument, device, or materials that may be used in this training.

OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) provides training to support professional development, enhance services to the community, and expand outreach to underserved victims of crime.

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