Board of Directors Application and Selection Process

At the beginning of each calendar year, the MSRB conducts an application process seeking qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors. The MSRB Board of Directors includes 11 members who are public and independent of the industry, and 10 members who are representatives of MSRB-regulated broker-dealers, banks and municipal advisors. Interested individuals representing the public must be knowledgeable about the municipal market.

MSRB Rule A-3, “Membership on the Board,” discusses the nomination and election process, including provisions about eligibility and membership requirements.

The Board of Director's Nominating and Governance Committee publicly announces the solicitation of applicants for vacant positions on the Board that begin in October, which is the start of the MSRB’s fiscal year. The Committee accepts applications for at least 30 days through the online Board of Directors Application Portal; the beginning and end dates are specified in the announcement(s). Any interested individual with knowledge of the municipal market may apply or submit recommendations to the Committee.

Interested individuals must submit an application containing background and other relevant information. 

MSRB staff conduct an initial review of applicants’ materials to confirm their status as a public or industry member applicant and ensure that all necessary information and documentation is provided. 

At the end of the application period, the Nominating and Governance Committee reviews all materials and selects potential candidates for interviews during the third and fourth quarter of the fiscal year. Additional documentation, including the Board Member Candidate Questionnaire and applicant consent to a background check are required for applicants who are interviewed. After completion of the interview process, the Committee nominates the Board of Director candidates to the full Board of Directors for election. This occurs during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year and is concluded by September 30. Upon election, the new Board members are publicly announced and a full applicant list is published on the MSRB’s website.

Questions about the application process should be directed to the MSRB's Board Administration staff at 703-797-6600.