"Lee has joined six nonprofit boards, heads up an education committee for the West Contra Costa Unified School District and serves on the city’s economic commission, as appointed by Mayor Tom Butt."
Yes, I could not make this up! From the Richmond Standard we learn that one of the new Chamber of Commerce Exec's strategies (which appears to be having a positive impact) has been to join six nonprofit boards AND head up an education committee AND serve on the city's economic commission. Now, just for your reference, Richmond, California has a population of about 100,000 people. Not tiny but not huge and clearly a town where a lot happens (Chevron is a dominant company) and there are quite a few nonprofits.
But the obvious question today: just how many boards can one person serve and do that service justice? Just coordinating meeting and event scheduling, for a person who has a full-time position, admittedly one that is very public, must be quite a challenge. And are there no other obligations that come with this service to this many groups? And what about all the time spent in understanding finances. And if you read the article, you will also note that the person featured in the article has also cut the staff of his own nonprofit.
But as I have asked before and will continue to ask, just how many boards can an individual really serve, well, at one time?