March 29, 2021

Diligent Honors Exceptional Leaders in Public Governance with Inaugural Modern Governance 100 for Community Boards Program

Local governance leaders to be recognized for notable commitments to community betterment

New York, NY – March 22, 2021Diligent Corporation, the leader in modern governance, today announced the honorees of the inaugural Modern Governance 100 for Community Boards program. Comprised of 100 individuals and teams who are driving meaningful change, the list honors publicly elected boards and councils focused on municipal and education governance, as well as the professionals that support them. Modern Governance 100 for Community Boards is an extension of Diligent’s Modern Governance 100 program that launched in 2019  to recognize top governance professionals in the corporate sector who demonstrate dedication and resiliency while driving change across their organization.

Over the last year, in the midst of the devastating pandemic, public governance leaders were challenged with addressing novel circumstances that, in many cases, upended their traditional workloads. While these hardships and changes were overwhelming, community leaders nationwide stepped up to help ensure service continuity and long-term organizational success. The publicly elected board and council members recognized by the Modern Governance 100 for Community Boards program demonstrated exceptional work throughout the year, all without losing sight of the importance of empathy and community.

“In today’s fast-paced world, it’s often easy to forget that behind every productive local council and board is a team of dedicated individuals working hard to drive positive impact,” said Brian Stafford, CEO of Diligent. “While good governance and overall organizational success go hand-in-hand, it’s important to keep in mind the teams and individuals who are working hard to achieve the mission. At Diligent, we aim to honor these remarkable community leaders and shine a light on the human side of governance.”

“It is an incredible honor but also very humbling, as a first-year school board member during a global pandemic, to be recognized for excellence in modern governance,” said Rachna Sizemore, Board Member, Fairfax County School District (VA). “Three months after I started on the school board, my colleagues and I were faced with unprecedented decisions about closing school buildings, pivoting to virtual learning, and how to reopen schools safely for in-person learning. While I never expected as a school board member to be making life and death decisions like this, I approached this work with a desire to be the type of school board member I as a parent would want. To be nominated by a parent for these efforts is the best reward I could ask for and leaves me deeply humbled.”

To view the full list of the 2020 Modern Governance 100 Community Boards honorees, visit: https://info.diligent.com/community-leaders-featured/.

About Diligent
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applications that help mission-driven organizations thrive and endure in today’s complex landscape. Diligent’s industry-leading suite of solutions change how work gets done at the board level. Leaders rely on Diligent to drive accountability and transparency, while addressing stakeholder priorities. Its applications also help streamline the day-to-day work of board management and committees and support collaboration and secure information sharing. Designed for both public and private sector organizations, Diligent is helping usher in a new era of modern governance.

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