Board Leadership Research Team: Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D.; Mike Burns, M.A.; Gayle L. Gifford, M.S.; Mary Hiland, Ph.D.; Diane Fletcher, B.A.; and Ann F. Cohen.
The Alliance's Governance Affinity Group, a network of capacity builders, funders and researchers, provides a forum to forward creative thinking in the field of board governance and development, including the generation of new approaches and models for community-based organizations. Through the development of original research and new approaches, The Affinity Group promotes research-based practice. The Affinity Group seeks to not only advance the field, but also to increase the knowledge base, generative thinking, and consulting skills of its members.