The Council’s board elects new members nominated by the membership. It looks for diversity in professional backgrounds and skills to include demonstrated accomplishment in government, academic and non-governmental organizations. The Board takes into account sustained distinguished professional service, demonstrated continued interest in public diplomacy, and a willingness to contribute actively to the work of the Council. Residence in the Washington, DC area is not a criterion for membership.
The Board aims to draw at least 25 percent of the membership from professional backgrounds other than career service in the Department of State and the United States Information Agency.