The Board Game

A leadership development training and matching program for nonprofit board service


CPS Energy
Argo Group      Emerging Leaders Council   

(Click here for sponsorship opportunities)

Under Civic Engagement, San Antonians envisioned a city that “cultivates inspired and effective leaders in selfless service to the community.” SA2020 recently surveyed 126 Nonprofit Partners and identified an opportunity for cultivating leadership and service through 399 nonprofit board openings.

The Board Game invites San Antonians to learn how to successfully apply and serve on a nonprofit board. Given the importance of representing the communities we serve, people of color (especially women and gender non-conforming folks of color), people who live in City Council Districts 2-7, and folks under the age of 40 are encouraged to apply. Based on the current needs of Nonprofit Partners, people with experience in fundraising, marketing and public relations/communications, technology, advancing equity, and strategic planning are also encouraged to apply. At the training, SA2020 will match participants to current board openings with Nonprofit Partners.

The Process


1. Apply

In order to match the right leaders with the right organizations, we need your info. Please fill out The Board Game application to get started in the process. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee. (Discount available; please email us for info.) Click here to pay the fee. Application deadline has been extended to July 10th; SA2020 will review applications and invite accepted participants to the training by August 22nd. 

2. Learn

Join us for a half-day training in which you’ll learn how to successfully apply for and serve on a nonprofit board. At the training, SA2020 will match participants to current board openings with Nonprofit Partners. Training dates are September 19th / September 28th, 2019. (Choose one.) Training registration cost is based on a sliding scale, from $65-$200.

3. Serve

The matches will be informed by Nonprofit Partners’ current board needs, including representation, knowledge, skills, and experience. Participants will be prepared to start the application process for the board on which they choose to serve. (See the list of participating organizations here.) SA2020 will follow up with participants and organizations to ask about their experiences.

Thank you to The Board Game committee members!

Rachel Benavidez, VIA Transit
Tessa Benavides, H-E-B
Celeste Brown, KIPP Texas
Dawn Cole, Whataburger
Evelyn Delgado, Healthy Futures of Texas
Bri Dimas, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Stephen Dyer, Aventine Hill
Victoria Echeverri, Community Superstar
Jordan Ghawi, STRAC
Avery Gard, United Way/Emerging Leaders Council

Rocío Guenther, City of San Antonio
Rachell Hathaway, Bank of America
Tuesdaé Knight, SAGE
Lori Johnson Leal, CPS Energy
Ryan Kuhl, First American Commercial Property Group/SA2020 Board Chair
Joy LeFlore, Jefferson Bank
Melanie Mendez-Gonzales, ¿Qué Means What?
Cathy Valdez, Project MEND
Jessica Weaver, Communities in Schools