Basic Structure and Strategic Goals

PFLAG is a national, grassroots, chapter-based organization that is currently organized in more than 350 communities.

PFLAG has elected leadership and paid staff who serve unique functions within the organization. This section outlines PFLAG’s organizational structure: the Board of Directors, Regional Directors, chapter leaders, and staff.  This outline is intended to help you understand where you are represented in the organization, and the human resources available to you within PFLAG.

Board of Directors
PFLAG is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors. As a whole, they have ultimate responsibility for the organization. Board members are volunteers, and serve three-year terms. Board members are limited to serving two terms. Board members are elected in three ways:

  • Seven members are elected from PFLAG membership
  • Seven members are elected by the Regional Directors Council
  • Seven members are elected by the Board

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the organization and for setting the PFLAG's goals. The Board elects the National President and hires the Executive Director. The National President presides over the Board and the national organization. The Executive Director is responsible for management of the national office and program development.

Regional Directors Council
As set out in PFLAG’s bylaws, PFLAG is organized in fourteen regions. The members of each region elect a Regional Director who works with PFLAG National Staff for support, resources and to help start new affiliates. Regional Directors are volunteers, and serve two-year terms. Regional Directors are limited to serving three terms.

Every two years, Regional Directors elect a Chair who serves as Vice President on PFLAG’s Board of Directors. Six additional Regional Directors elected positions serve on the Board of Directors.

For PFLAG members, the Regional Director is their link to PFLAG’s national leadership. These individuals share member perspectives and activities with the PFLAG Board of Directors and national staff. They also assist in all aspects of affiliate development and coordinate regional conferences to bring PFLAG activists together for skill-building and networking.

There are two types of affiliates within the PFLAG network: chapters and state councils.

  • Chapter. A group of three or more individuals or families working to further PFLAG’s goals.
  • State Council. A statewide organization of PFLAG chapters, working to further PFLAG’s goals.

All chapter and state councils need to identify a leader, who is most often called President. The chapter or state council may also choose to organize a Board of Directors or steering committee to help guide and govern the chapter.

National Office Staff
PFLAG employs an Executive Director who reports directly to the Board. The Executive Director hires staff to carry out the work of the PFLAG National Office and the staff reports to the Executive Director. The primary role of the staff is to nurture the work of PFLAG’s affiliate network and to promote PFLAG’s presence in the national arena, including Congress and the Executive Branch, coalitions with organizations who share our goals, and the media. The staff is organized in the following departments:

  • Communications: Primarily responsible for all internal and external communications for the organization, including media relations, social media, website editorial, publications development, production, and distribution.
  • Development: Primarily responsible for raising funds to support the national organization.
  • Equality and Diversity Partnerships: This department organizes and develops PFLAG's Straight for Equality project.
  • Field and Policy: Primarily responsible for all affiliate development, training, program, and policy development. The department is responsible for working directly with affiliate leaders and Regional Directors. 
  • Operations: Primarily responsible for responding to inquiries from the general public, filling orders for publications, and database, personnel, and financial management.


Strategic Goals
One. Build the capacity of our organization at every level so that we may have all the resources, in the form of information, people and funding, necessary to move forward in our work with the greatest possible effect.

Two. Create a world in which our young people may grow up and be educated with freedom from fear of violence, bullying and other forms of discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation or that of their families.

Three. Make our vision and our message accessible to the broadest range of ethnic and cultural communities, ending the isolation of families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender family members within those communities.

Four. Work toward full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons within their chosen communities of faith.

Five. Create a society in which all GLBT persons may openly and safely pursue the career path of their choice, and may be valued and encouraged to grow to their full potential in the workplace.

Six. Create a society in which all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons may enjoy, in every aspect of their lives, full civil and legal equality and may participate fully in all the rights, privileges and obligations of full citizenship in this country.

We welcome the participation and support of all who share in our Vision and Mission and who hope to realize our goals.