In the United States, MCLD is a civil society initiative comprising US-based organizations with a strong and public commitment to community-led development, and to making a significant contribution to MCLD collective action both in the US and to our sister National Associations worldwide. It is a IRS 501c3 independent tax-exempt non-profit membership association eligible for tax-deductible contributions (EIN 92-2398648) and is incorporated in Virginia.

Contributions by check can be made out to Movement for Community-Led Development and mailed to 2939 Van Ness St NW, #548, Washington DC 20008. Email for wire/ACH instructions.

MCLD-US is Hiring!

We intend to hire a very unique Washington-DC based business development manager. Click here for details.

Board Nominations for 2024-2025 Underway!

The Board of Directors of Movement for Community-led Development in the US invites nominations to fill four vacancies on this board – three from MCLD-US member organizations (see below) and one external member, preferably from the majority world (“Global South”);

Nominations will be open from November 1 to December 13, 2023.
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Following the close of nominations, the board will interview candidates for their interest and qualifications, develop profiles and circulate a slate to the full membership by early January.

  • Directors serve staggered two-calendar-year terms, and are elected by the US members in good standing at its Annual General Meeting on or about January 31.
  • Directors elect Board officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Directors and officers may be elected to second consecutive two-year terms.
  • Officers stepping down after two consecutive terms may be asked to serve a third regular term if desired to retain continuity of the organization’s knowledge.
  • The board places high priority on including voices reflecting the lived experiences of citizens from the Majority World (“Global South”) – be they members of MCLD-US members or external members.
  • Directors from member organizations need not be CEOs – they need sufficient managerial or board experience to understand their roles as Directors.
  • Directors are expected to have a demonstrated personal commitment to the Mission and Values of MCLD and are expected to advocate for these within their own organization and more widely.
  • Directors are expected to prepare for and attend virtual board meetings four times a year, and participate in internal emails and ad hoc meetings as needed.

Initial Board of Directors

Filmona Hailemichael Global Citizen

Janet Edmond, Conservation International

Nelly Mecklenburg
Institute for State Effectiveness

John Coonrod, PhD
The Hunger Project

Secretariat Staff based in the US

Key activities in the US include engaging with bilateral and multilateral actors based in the US, facilitating collective action of National Associations worldwide and conducting collaborative research such as the current USAID-funded LIFE (LLD in Fragile Environments) project.

US members in good standing as of August 2023

Click on our member logos below to learn more about their methodology.