Boards carry the ultimate responsibility and direction for the organization’s progress by establishing, directing and influencing the implementation of policy. The senior staff person in the organization, often an Executive Director, is the employee of the board and is responsible for managing and implementing the policy direction established by the board. It is not unusual for roles to become less than clear, or for board-staff relationships to lack the clarity and understanding necessary for an effective board/staff partnership. This session will include learning, discussion, and exploration of these critical roles and relationships. Participants will also have an opportunity to participate in some hands-on discussions to stretch their thinking.