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Leadership, Governance and Involvement

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the global organization for coaches and coaching. Many opportunities exist at both the local and global levels to become involved with ICF and help advance its mission.

We are achieving our vision through the work of six unique family organizations. Each organization has a dedicated board that oversees the strategic direction of its affairs, funds and property.

The International Coaching Federation Global Board provides strategic direction for and coordination of the complete ICF ecosystem.

  • International Coaching Federation (ICF)

    The International Coaching Federation (ICF):

    • Develops and advances the art, science and practice of professional coaching worldwide
    • Advances and advocates for the interests of professional coaches and coaching worldwide
    • Develops and implements strategies and direction for the ICFGE and its nonprofit member organizations as well as the field of professional coaching worldwide
    • Carries on programs and conferences that advance the interests, education and training of professional coaches and that enhance the impact of coaching worldwide
    • Preserves and advances the organization’s brand and relationships with member organizations and key stakeholders worldwide
    • Oversees and coordinates ICF’s nonprofit member organizations worldwide

    ICF operates as a membership organization. Its members include the six family organizations.

    The ICF Global Board of Directors is comprised of:

    • One designated voting representative from each of the six family organizations
    • No more than five at-large directors, selected by a Nominating Task Force
    • The CEO, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member

    2021 ICF Global Board

    Officers

    Pat Mathews, MCC (USA)
    Chair

    Tracy Sinclair, PCC (United Kingdom)
    Vice Chair

    Scott Howard, MCC, JD (USA)
    Secretary/Treasurer

    Directors

    Kara Exner, PCC (Canada)
    ICF Credentials and Standards Representative

    Morel Fourman (United Kingdom)
    ICF Foundation Representative

    Marita Elizabeth Fridjhon, PCC (USA)

    Janet Harvey, MCC (USA)
    ICF Thought Leadership Representative

    Linda McLoughlin, MCC (Ireland, United Arab Emirates)
    ICF Professional Coaches Representative

    Micki McMillan, MCC (USA)
    ICF Coaching Education Representative

    Cheryl Procter-Rogers, MCC, APR, MA, MBA (USA)

    Andrea Wanerstrand, PCC (USA)
    ICF Coaching in Organizations Representative

    Ex-Officio

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook (USA)
    CEO, ICF

  • ICF Coaching Education

    ICF Coaching Education:

    • Develops and manages the accreditation of coaching education organizations
    • Provides coaching education organizations with a platform for the development of best practices for coaching education
    • Provides coaching education organizations and their leadership with an opportunity to network and exchange ideas and best practices

    ICF Coaching Education is a non-membership entity.

    The ICF Coaching Education Board of Directors is comprised of :

    • Four directors who were selected by a Nominating Task Force
    • The VP of ICF Coaching Education (a staff role), who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member
    • The CEO, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member

    2021 ICF Coaching Education Global Board of Directors

    Officers

    Micki McMillan, MCC (USA)*
    Chair

    Zoe MacLeod, ACC (Canada)
    Vice Chair

    Andre Keil, ACC (USA)
    Secretary/Treasurer

    Directors

    Jaya Bhateja, MCC (India)

    Peter James, PCC (USA)

    Pamela Richarde, MCC (USA)

    Ex-Officio

    Luke Davis (USA)
    Vice President, ICF Coaching Education

    Pat Mathews, MCC (USA)
    Global Board Chair

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook (USA)
    CEO, ICF

    *ICF Global Board Representative

  • ICF Coaching in Organizations

    ICF Coaching in Organizations:

    • Advances the application of coaching practices and professional coaching standards within organizations, including both for-profit and nonprofit entities
    • Advances and advocates for the interests of coaching professionals operating within organizations
    • Facilitates and encourages the development of a coaching culture within organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit
    • Develops and carries on various education and training programs, including workshops, conferences and webinars on the implementation of best practices in coaching within organizations
    • Undertakes research on a variety of topics and issues intended to benefit and educate professional coaches operating within organizations
    • Supports coaching standards addressed to the full range of coaching roles in organizations
    • Provides a forum for those managing coaching within their organization to gather and exchange ideas, discuss important issues and share best practices

    ICF Coaching in Organizations is a membership association for for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

    The ICF Coaching in Organizations Board of Directors is comprised of:

    • Four directors selected by a Nominating Task Force
    • The VP of ICF Coaching in Organizations (a staff role), who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member
    • The CEO, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member

    2021 ICF Coaching in Organizations Global Board

    Officers

    Preeti D’Mello (India)
    Chair

    Andrea Wanerstrand, PCC (USA)*
    Vice Chair

    Joydeep Bose (Singapore)
    Treasurer

    Director

    Iftikar Nadeem, PCC (Saudi Arabia)

    Ex-Officio

    Pat Mathews, MCC (USA)
    Global Board Chair

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook (USA)
    CEO, ICF

    Renee Robertson, PCC (USA)
    Vice President, ICF Coaching in Organizations

    *ICF Global Board Representative

  • ICF Credentials and Standards

    ICF Credentials and Standards:

    • Develops and manages ICF’s professional credentialing and standards programs
    • Develops and manages additional credentialing and micro-credentialing programs based upon evolving specialties within the coaching profession
    • Develops and encourages standards of ethical and professional practice within the coaching profession

    The ICF Credentials and Standards Board of Directors is comprised of:

    • The VP of ICF Credentials and Standards (a staff role), who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member
    • The CEO, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member

    2021 ICF Credentials and Standards Global Board

    Officers

    Benita Stafford-Smith, MCC (Oman)
    Chair

    Kara Exner, PCC (Canada)*
    Vice Chair

    Boris Dobis, ACC (Slovakia)
    Secretary/Treasurer

    Directors

    Maria Ines Colle, PCC (Argentina)

    Charles Nyambe (Namibia)

    Gowri Ramani, MCC (India)

    Ex-Officio

    Carrie Abner (USA)
    Vice President, ICF Credentials and Standards

    Pat Mathews, MCC (USA)
    Global Board Chair

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook (USA)
    CEO, ICF

    *ICF Global Board Representative

  • ICF Foundation

    The ICF Foundation connects and equips professional coaches and organizations to accelerate and amplify impact on social progress through coaching.

    The Foundation is a non-membership body, established as a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt education and research-oriented legal entity.

    The ICF Foundation’s Board of Trustees is comprised of:

    • No fewer than three and no more than nine members, selected via a Nominating Committee
    • Three of these members hold the offices of President, Secretary and Treasurer
    • The Executive Director of ICFF serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board

    At least one-half of the Board of Trustees shall be comprised of ICF Members in good standing.

    2021 ICF Foundation Board of Trustees

    Officers

    Lisa Nitze (USA)
    Chair

    Morel Fourman (United Kingdom)
    ICF Global Board Representative

    Saima Butt, MCC (United Kingdom)
    Treasurer

    María Elena Retter, ACC (USA)
    Secretary

    Trustees

    Yene Assegid, MCC (Belgium/Africa)

    Wang Ching (Brasil)

    Ann Dorgan, PCC (USA)

    Dumisani Magadlela (South Africa)

    José Piñero (Puerto Rico/USA)

    Ex-Officio

    Coura Badiane (USA)
    Vice President, ICF Foundation

    Pat Mathews, MCC (USA)
    Global Board Chair

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook (USA)
    Executive Director of ICFF

    Learn more about the Foundation and its work by visiting the link below.

  • ICF Professional Coaches

    ICF Professional Coaches is a membership association for trained, professional coach practitioners. The ICF Professional Coaches Board is a body of elected members who govern the affairs of the organization.

    The ICF Professional Coaches Board of Directors is comprised of:

    • No more than nine members, nominated based on competencies of exceptional Boards
    • Three of these members hold the offices of Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer
    • The VP of ICF Professional Coaches, a staff role, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board
    • The CEO of ICF serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board

    Each Director serves a two-year term, with a maximum of two terms. The Chair is elected annually and can run for a second term.

    The Nominating Committee will present at least one nominee for each vacant or expired seat on the Board, and all ICF Professional Coaches Members (formerly ICF Members) have a voice in the future of their organization and can vote.

    2021 ICF Professional Coaches Global Board

    Officers

    Catherine Tanneau, MCC (France)
    Chair

    Linda McLoughlin, MCC (Ireland / United Arab Emirates)*
    Vice Chair

    Rosarii Mannion, PCC (Ireland)
    Secretary / Treasurer

    Kaveh Mir, PCC (United Kingdom)
    Director of Strategic Initiatives

    Directors

    Tonya Echols, PCC (USA)

    Rajat Garg, MCC (India)

    Emily Kamunde-Osoro, ACC (Kenya)

    Kevin Kan, PCC (Singapore)

    Marjorie Woo, MCC (China)

    Ex-Officio

    Pat Mathews, MCC (USA)
    Global Board Chair

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook (USA)
    CEO, ICF

    Sara Smith, MCC (USA)
    Immediate Past Chair

    *ICF Global Board Representative

    Learn more about the election process for the ICF Professional Coaches Board by following the link below.

  • ICF Thought Leadership Institute

    ICF Thought Leadership Institute facilitates interaction between innovators, researchers, technologists, venture capitalists, press and influencers to build and maintain the most comprehensive and highest-quality body of knowledge on the art and practice of coaching.

    ICF Thought Leadership Institute is a non-membership body, established as a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt education and research-oriented legal entity.

    The ICF Thought Leadership Institute Board of Directors is comprised of:

    • No fewer than five and no more than seven directors, selected by a Nominating Task Force
    • The VP of ICF Thought Leadership Institute, a staff role, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board
    • The CEO of ICF, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board

    2021 ICF Thought Leadership Institute Global Board

    Officers

    Silvia Tassarotti, MCC, MBA (Italy)
    Chair

    Anna Gallotti, MCC (USA, France)
    Vice Chair

    Janet M. Harvey, MCC (USA)*
    Secretary/Treasurer

    Directors

    Richard E. Boyatzis, Ph.D., BCC (USA)

    Frances M. Penafort, MCC, Ph.D. (Malaysia, Australia)

    Ex-Officio

    Alicia Hullinger, Ph.D. (USA)
    Vice President, ICF Thought Leadership Institute

    Pat Mathews, MCC (USA)
    Global Board Chair

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook (USA)
    CEO, ICF

    *ICF Global Board Representative

Additional Leadership Opportunities

  • ICF Chapters

    ICF Chapters are led by local ICF Members. Volunteer opportunities vary among chapters but may include serving on a local Chapter board or committee or assisting with local public relations/marketing efforts.

  • Chapter Regulatory Liaisons Network

    The Chapter Regulatory Liaisons Network gathers input from all over the globe from volunteer Chapter representatives who monitor and discuss regulation issues impacting the coaching profession. Contact ICF Headquarters to volunteer.

  • Communities of Practice

    ICF Global Communities of Practice (CPs) provide a virtual venue for coaches with a shared interest in a specific topic to advance their professional development; deepen their subject-matter expertise; and share best practices, emerging trends, tools and tips.

    Each CP is steered by volunteer co-leaders who help facilitate the learning and organize the conversations, ideas, and trends that emerge from the group. CPs are designed to promote active participation from their members: Sharing and discussion is always encouraged.

  • Global Committees, Task Forces and Core Teams

    Volunteer groups are meant to ensure more effective and efficient decision-making and ensure all ICF volunteer work is tied to the objectives of the Strategic Plan. The Board will create more task forces, panels, and focus groups, as specific needs arise.

    If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for a future opportunity, please fill out this form or click the button below.

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