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Leadership, Governance and Involvement

The International Coach Federation (ICF) encourages members to volunteer in its governance and oversight. Many opportunities exist at both the local and global levels to become involved with ICF and help shape its future and give back to the coaching community.

ICF Global Board of Directors

ICF’s Board of Directors oversees the strategic direction of its affairs, funds and property. It determines policy and interprets the organization’s bylaws. The Board supervises the direction and control of ICF and its committees and publications, and may adopt rules and regulations for conducting its business as deemed advisable.
As ICF continues to evolve into a global association, its Board of Directors requires an expanded set of knowledge and skills to further lead the organization into the future.

In 2012, the Board approved downsizing to no more than nine members—nominated based on competencies of exceptional Boards—three of whom will hold the offices of Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer. Each Director serves a two-year term, with a maximum of two terms. The Chair is elected annually and can run for a second term.

The Nominating Committee will present at least one nominee for each vacant or expired seat on the Board, and all ICF Members have a voice in the future of their organization and can vote.


  • Jean-Francois Cousin, MCC



  • Sara Smith, MCC

    Vice Chair


  • Rajat Garg, MCC




  • José Augusto Figueiredo, ACC


  • Emily Kamunde-Osoro, ACC


  • Linda McLoughlin, MCC

    Ireland/United Arab Emirates

  • Valerie Robert, ACC


  • Tracy Sinclair, PCC

    Immediate Past Chair

    United Kingdom

  • Catherine Tanneau, MCC



  • Magdalena N. Mook

    CEO/Executive Director

Additional Leadership Opportunities

  • ICF Chapters

    ICF Chapters are led by local ICF Members. Volunteer opportunities vary among chapters but may include serving on a local Chapter board or committee or assisting with local public relations/marketing efforts.

  • Chapter Regulatory Liaisons Network

    The Chapter Regulatory Liaisons Network gathers input from all over the globe from volunteer Chapter representatives who monitor and discuss regulation issues impacting the coaching profession. Contact ICF Headquarters to volunteer.

  • Communities of Practice

    ICF Global Communities of Practice (CPs) provide a virtual venue for coaches with a shared interest in a specific topic to advance their professional development; deepen their subject-matter expertise; and share best practices, emerging trends, tools and tips.

    Each CP is steered by volunteer co-leaders who help facilitate the learning and organize the conversations, ideas, and trends that emerge from the group. CPs are designed to promote active participation from their members: Sharing and discussion is always encouraged.


  • Global Committees, Task Forces and Core Teams

    Volunteer groups are meant to ensure more effective and efficient decision-making and ensure all ICF volunteer work is tied to the objectives of the Strategic Plan. The Board will create more task forces, panels, and focus groups, as specific needs arise.

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