The WFA was established as a non-profit in 2007 with a self-appointed (interim) board of directors (or Council). However, the Council created the WFA as an organization with a voting membership (see the WFA Bylaws). Consequently, the WFA Council created an Election Committee and organized elections. We filled 5 Councilor positions during our first election in 2009, another 3 Councilor positions in 2010, and we filled the remaining interim positions this year (2012). Elected terms are 3 years, and Council members cannot serve more than 2 consecutive terms.
All WFA members who have paid yearly dues or are issued sponsored memberships are eligible to vote.
All members shall be entitled to hold office and may be eligible to officially represent the WFA when appointed to do so by the Council or the President in lieu of the Council.
The Bylaws state that the Board of Directors (or Council) governs the WFA and is composed of five officers: President, Vice President (North America), Vice President (other than North America), Secretary, and Treasurer; and six Council members, five elected by the membership of the Wild Felid Association. The sixth is typically the past President.
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Election 2021 Results
The WFA membership re-elected Veronica Yovovich to her position as VP, North America, elected a new VP, Latin America - Yamel Rubio Rocha, a new Secretary - Alex Ochoa, and two new councilors: Brett Blum and Susana Ilescas Furter. All newly elected or re-elected board members will serve 3-year terms starting January 1, 2022. You can read brief bios on each of these members here>.