Nomination Process and Requirements

Nominations, including self-nominations, to the Board of Directors for the Marine Debris Foundation must be received, in their entirety, no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 27, 2021. Packages received after this time will not be considered.

All nominations should be emailed (recommended) to with the subject line “Marine Debris Foundation Nomination” or mailed to Caitlin Wessel, Marine Debris Foundation Nomination c/o NOAA Disaster Response Center, 7344 Ziegler Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608.

All nominees should submit the following items:

  1. Completed Nomination Form saved as a .pdf file.

  2. Current resume, no more than two pages in length and saved as a .doc or .docx file, including;
    • Complete contact information (telephone numbers, email address, mailing address)
    • Career sector (e.g., federal, state, industry, nonprofit, etc.)
    • Education history
    • Work and related experience
    • Honors and awards
    • Activities and hobbies
    • Skills
  1. Statement of Interest, no more than four pages in length and saved as a .doc or .docx file, including:
    • A description of the candidate qualifications
    • Diversity statement, should include how the candidate will contribute to a diverse and inclusive Board of Directors
    • Fundraising statement, should include candidates past experiences with fundraising and how they will contribute to a robust fundraising program for the Foundation.
    • List required criteria met and a short summary of how the candidate meets the specified criteria
    • List additional criteria met and a short summary of how the candidate meets the specified criteria
    • Why the candidate would be a good fit for the Board of Directors.
  1. At least one letter of recommendation, but no more than three, saved as a .pdf file. Letters should be no longer than two pages in length and demonstrate the candidate’s qualifications.

Nominations may be submitted by the candidate themselves, or by the person/organization recommending the candidate. If submitted by someone other than the candidate, the nomination package should include a signed statement from the candidate agreeing to be nominated. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You can download a checklist of required documents to include in the nomination package in the additional resources panel.

If you have questions or would like more information please visit or look up the Federal Register Notice published on May 17th, 2021.