Help Build A More Caring, Connected World:

Join a Learning Life Board

Want to help nurture more caring and connection in our divided world?

Interested in education, democracy and/or diplomacy?

Do you have skills, experience, and/or connections that could help?

If so, apply to join Learning Life’s Board of Directors (BOD), or Board of Advisors (BOA).

About Learning Life

Learning Life is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit lab devoted to innovating education and citizen engagement by spreading learning in everyday life beyond school walls. In our increasingly interconnected yet divided world, we develop innovative learning communities in order to widen participation in democracy and diplomacy.

With this mission in mind, we run two programs.  The Family Diplomacy Initiative (FDI) connects people worldwide across lines of country, class, race and religion via the internet to share and learn together about families and citizen diplomacy with an eye to developing a corps of trained family diplomats to advocate for a more caring world.  Our DMV Democracy Learning Community (DMV DLC) is a nascent association of individuals and organizations in the Washington DC  or DC-MD-VA (DMV) metro area working together to strengthen democracy by developing engaging events, products, services and spaces that nurture fun, learning, networking, collaboration and wider, deeper citizen participation.

Board Members We Seek

Learning Life was established as an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2021. We are currently recruiting members for both our Board of Advisors, and Board of Directors, though we prefer members to start on our Board of Advisors.

For the Board of Advisors, we seek up to 30 accomplished and connected professionals.  We are currently looking for individuals with eight or more years of work experience, connections and/or research-based expertise in one or more of these areas: nonprofit fundraising, finance, strategy, communications, marketing, diplomacy, democracy, and international or informal education, including building learning communities.  BOA members can live anywhere in the world.  We seek BOA diversity by gender, occupation and race.

For the Board of Directors, we seek accomplished and connected professionals committed to guiding and growing Learning Life.  We welcome all interested candidates, though we are especially interested in finding leaders with at least ten years of experience in fundraising, finance, strategy, communications or marketing, and/or extensive connections in the diplomatic, democracy, or related business (e.g., education, media and communications) sectors.  BOD members must be willing to help meet fundraising goals.  BOD members do not need to live in the metro Washington DC area, but should live in the USA. Learning Life seeks BOD diversity by gender, occupation and race.

Board Member Duties

BOD and BOA members serve two-year terms, renewable for up to four consecutive terms given members’ willingness and their fulfillment of board service expectations.

BOA members are expected to:

  1. Attend quarterly BOA meetings.  (Too busy for meetings?  Learn about our Advisory Council.)
  2. Advise as needed on specific questions related to their professional expertise. 
  3. Donate $100 to $1,000 per year to help advance Learning Life’s work.

BOD members are expected to:

  1. Attend BOD quarterly meetings.
  2. Lead or assist in BOD work between meetings as needed.
  3. Advise and assist in at least one area of Learning Life’s work (e.g., legal, fundraising, communications, programming, evaluation).
  4. Give and/or get (donate and/or fundraise) $500 to $5,000 per year to help advance Learning Life’s work.
Benefits & Contact Information

BOD and BOA members have the opportunity to deepen their nonprofit leadership experience, make valuable local to global connections, and help build an innovative nonprofit working to advance education, democracy and diplomacy.  All board members receive Learning Life’s monthly e-news, plus invitations to events, and are recognized as Board members with their bio and picture at Learning Life’s People Page

Individuals interested in serving on the BOD or BOA should send their resume to, and indicate 2-3 times in the coming days that they are free to talk with Learning Life’s Founder & Director, Paul Lachelier. Paul will respond to schedule a meeting via Zoom if there appears to be a good fit.