2. Choose people with a passion for your mission. It is important to identify individuals that not only support the director but they must have a commitment to the organization and its mission. â€œOne of the mistakes I made several years ago was that I sat on a board because I really enjoyed the executive director and once she left, I decided to leave the organization,â€ says Booker-Drew. â€œFrom that point, I realized that although I thought the organization provided a great body of work, my commitment was to her. Since that time, I will only affiliate with boards whose purpose aligns with my passion.â€ To avoid choosing board members who can not articulate your mission to others, create a formal nomination process and interview prospective board members.