Governance & Management of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Who Are We?
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a voluntary association of autonomous, self-governing local churches and fellowships which have freely chosen to pursue common goals together. Our polity is congregational, and delegates from each congregation make Association decisions in business sessions at the annual General Assembly (GA). Between GAs, we're governed by the Board of Trustees.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is comprised of 16 elected individuals: the President (without vote), the Moderator(s), the Financial Advisor, 11 Trustees elected at-large, and 2 Youth Observers. View the complete list of Trustees.
- UUA Co-Moderators and Chief Governance Officers, preside at the GA and at meetings of the Board of Trustees.
- Elected by the GA, the President is responsible for carrying out the ENDS of the association as articulated by the Board of Trustees.
- Elected by the GA, Lucia Santini Field, Financial Advisor, provides the Board of Trustees and Administration with expert advice on business and financial matters, and reports annually to the congregations on the UUA's financial condition.
- The responsibility for Board correspondence and elections lies with the Secretary, Rev. Patrick McLaughlin.
- Denise Rimes, Vice Moderator, coordinates Board agendas, education, and deliberations.
- Kathy Burek organizes and oversees the fiduciary work of the board as its Financial Secretary.
- The President of the Unitarian Universalist Association is Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray (president [at] uua [dot] org), elected in 2017 for a six-year term. As President, she is responsible for overall leadership of the UUA through administering staff and programs that serve its more than 1,000 member congregations, and is a member of the Board of Trustees. She also acts as principal spokesperson for the UUA.
- The Executive Vice President, Carey McDonald (evp [at] uua [dot] org), maintains responsibility, under the supervision of the President, for the day-to-day management of the Association. He also serves as Recording Secretary of the Board of Trustees, keeping minutes of all board meetings. The Office of the Executive Vice President maintains liaison with the Board of Trustees.
- Tim Brennan, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (treasurer [at] uua [dot] org), is responsible for all of the UUA's financial affairs and oversees the UUA's annual audit and other financial reports as issued by the Financial Services staff group.
- UUA Staff Directory
- Staff Organizational Chart (PDF)
- UUA Leadership Council
Districts & Regions
Ours is an interconnected Association. Congregations are united in geographic groupings called Districts and Regions, which have their own dedicated staff and some of which have their own governance and elected officials. The Regional Leaders Group (formerly the District Presidents Association) serves as the primary advocate for districts and emerging regions within our UUA. They listen and lead, imagine and model, to realize the goals and aspirations of our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith.
We rely upon energetic, committed, visionary UU volunteers to serve the twenty-plus committees, panels, and task forces that work with staff and the UUA Board to carry out the mission of the Association. Apply to serve! We need you.