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HI USA 2022 Board Elections

HI USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to advancing intercultural understanding through hostel stays and educational programming. HI USA’s style of hostelling is focused on sustainable and inclusive cultural exchange experiences, encouraging travelers to feed their curiosity about the world. With over 200 employees, 15 owned and/or managed hostels, and 12 affiliate hostels throughout the US, HI USA is one of more than 60 member countries of Hostelling International, the international federation of hostelling organizations with over 3 million members and nearly 3,000 hostels worldwide.

Over the last two years, the HI USA Board has provided thoughtful and strategic leadership in addressing the financial and organizational challenges originating from the global pandemic and heightened awareness of social justice issues. Making difficult decisions, the organization has navigated the financial crisis with reasonable success. It is now about one-half of its pre-pandemic size, yet remains mighty in its aspirations. It is still the US’s largest hostel network, with deeply committed staff and volunteers. Though always focused on bringing diverse perspectives to the table, HI USA has reemerged from the pandemic with a renewed and committed focus on DEIA, including an updated set of values and ongoing strategic discussions on how to deepen these principles across the organization. The Board is now taking the opportunity to focus on how a reorganized and refocused HI USA can most effectively achieve its mission.

This is an exciting time to join the Board as it envisions and creates the HI USA of the future. Critical to success is a Board of Directors representing diverse perspectives and leadership styles, drawing on a variety of backgrounds, and committed to the power of travel in influencing inclusive and culturally aware worldviews.

Interested in applying, but still have some questions? Applicants are invited to join an information session on October 26, 2022, at 4:30 PST/7:30 EST. To register for the information session, please click here.  (Please note the application deadline of October 27, 2022).

The application period for the Class of 2026 Board of Directors is open through October 27, 2022. Interested applicants are invited to apply online. Candidates selected to be on the slate for the Class of 2026 will be notified by December 20, 2022. Elected Directors will be seated and begin their terms in March 2023.




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Call for Nominations

HI USA seeks dynamic candidates to serve in important leadership roles as members of the Board of Directors beginning in March 2026.

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Get details on what's involved in a three-year Board term, what we're looking for in Board members, our election process, and more.

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Ready to apply? Fill out and submit the online application by Oct. 27, 2022. Candidates selected will be notified by Dec. 20, 2022.