The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that CWB serves the community and delivers on the organization’s mission which is “to provide a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations.” The Board determines policy and, together with senior staff, sets the strategic direction for The Center for Wooden Boats.

CWB’s bylaws establish that there are 23 board positions, of which 2/3 are nominated by other board members, and of which 1/3 are nominated by at least 30 CWB members. CWB’s memberships votes annually to ratify the nominated board members who serve 3-year terms. There is no limit on the number of terms a board member can serve.

The Commitment

  • Board members are required to attend board meetings which are held on the third Tuesday each month at the South Lake Union campus.
  • Board members serve on at least one committee.
  • Board members serve as ambassadors year-round.
  • Board members contribute about 8-10 hours per month and more time as desired.
  • Each board member gives a personally significant annual gift, supports CWB’s Auction and Fall Fundraising Breakfast, and makes a personally significant one-time gift to the Capital Campaign.
  • Board members must be CWB members in good standing.


At CWB, our values guide the spirit and manner in which we pursue our mission. By testing our actions against our values, we can assure those actions are in keeping with the strong character of CWB.


We value cooperative effort, promote teamwork within CWB and collaboration with other organizations, maritime and otherwise, to create partnerships that will enhance the quality of life in our community.


We value communication that is honest, respectful, authentic and accessible, believe that opposing ideas can coexist successfully, and seek to exemplify interactions that acknowledge the value of the human spirit.


CWB values the spirit of experimentation and welcomes creative ideas and calculated risk-taking in presenting dynamic educational programs and experiences.

Hands-On Learning

We value hands-on learning because it is effective, inspirational, increasingly less common in this day and age and because it is fun.


CWB values diversity and actively seeks to create a safe and friendly environment where the broadest spectrum of the community can connect with each other and maritime heritage.

Individual Growth

CWB values personal and professional growth and seeks to provide a simulating, vibrant environment that encourages self-confidence and individual development for staff , volunteers and visitors.


CWB values leadership in preserving our maritime history, commitment to our community and public service, and the stewardship of our environment. We seek to encourage all these through our programs and activities.

Organizational Learning

CWB learns from its experiences, evaluates how we deliver on our mission and makes improvements along the way. We welcome new perspectives that help us operate effectively and sustainably and increase our impact for our community.


CWB values maritime history and heritage and believes it is an important, exciting story and activity.


Volunteers are a reflection of community involvement and our volunteer program is a key component of our educational opportunities. Volunteers are not a substitute for paid staff; they are a highly desirable supplement to paid staff.