As you build the foundation it is important to understand some of the actual work you will need to do as you start operating as a Network. It is also important to consider the governance structure.

Typically, networks have a governing body and a volunteer or paid staff person. Boards establish policies, board members and staff execute the policy. This model is referred to as a working board. As you think about roles, be aware of the kinds of tasks that need to be done to manage a network and which roles can be done by members of the Board. Assess where you have in-house expertise and which functions you will need to staff, whether through your staff person or through a contractor.