NLI Board Positions

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NLI holds elections every year, rotating the terms for the seven districts. This year, directors will be elected for Districts 1, 5 and 7. Members residing in these districts will vote either by mail-in ballots or at the annual meeting Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Panida Theatre, 300 N First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho.

If you reside in Districts 1, 5 or 7 and wish to be nominated for the NLI Board, you must submit Declaration of Director Candidacy and Member Petition Nomination forms. Starting Monday, February 4, these forms will be available by calling 208-255-7197, stopping by NLI’s Sagle headquarters, or online on the Director Responsibilities page.

A Board Candidate Orientation is offered at the board meeting Monday, February 25, at 11:30 a.m. PST in the board room at NLI headquarters, 421 Chevy Street, Sagle, Idaho. If you plan to attend the Board Candidate Orientation, please call 208-255-7197 to confirm your attendance.

To help you understand qualifications of an NLI Director, here is a summary of pertinent information.


To become a director, you must be an NLI member residing in the district in which you wish to serve. The NLI Board of Directors must meet the qualifications outlined in NLI’s bylaws, be able to invest a minimum of 60 days per year on board-related activities and be able to periodically attend conferences and director training.

Directors’ Job

Directors establish the policies, rates, and the direction of the cooperative. Directors should have strong business acumen and a broad understanding of regional and national energy issues. The board meets monthly to set policy and develop long-range goals, always safeguarding the interests of cooperative members. Directors are also responsible for overseeing cooperative finances including budget approval and retirement of patronage capital as well as setting rates. Board members are expected to be knowledgeable about the electric cooperative industry and attendance at committee meetings or other events to benefit the cooperative is required.

If you are interested or have any questions, please call 208-255-7197 or email