The ISO Board of Trustees is made up of representatives from each geographical region of the fellowship. Members of the Board are elected for three-year terms by the delegates to the international ISO Conference meeting in regional caucuses. Additional at-large members may be authorized by the Board and elected by the delegates.
The Board has the general powers granted non-profit corporations under Minnesota law, where the ISO was originally incorporated. Among its primary duties, the Board establishes policy, sets operational guidelines and boundaries, and holds fiduciary responsibility for all ISO activities. In these roles,the Board is ultimately responsible for hiring and directing the staff of trusted servants who run the ISO office. The Board also convenes the annual international convention and meeting of delegates.
In addition to its three internal standing committees - Finance and Operations, Fellowship, and Policy - the Board has established focus committees, which are made up of members of the fellowship and which address defined areas of interest or concern. Each of these committees is assigned a member of the Board to act as liaison and serve as a means of bringing committee recommendations to the Board for consideration.
Board focus committees include the following:
- 7th Tradition Committee
- General Outreach Committee
- Inter-fellowship Relations Committee
- Intergroup Communications Committee
- International Development Committee
- Office Oversight Committee
- Online Presence Committee
- Prisoner Outreach Committee
The Board also appoints ad hoc committees from time-to-time to address specific needs, issues, or concerns. Examples would include the Audit Committee, the Bylaws Committee and the Disclosure Advisory Committee.
Service on the Board of Trustees represents a major commitment of time and energy to the welfare of the fellowship. The Board meets for two days prior to the annual international ISO Conference and convention. In addition, monthly meetings of the Board are held by teleconference, and special meetings may be called between regular meetings to address urgent items of business.
The Board of Trustees is established in the Bylaws of the ISO of SAA, Inc., Article IV. In addition, guidelines for service at the international level, adopted by the Board, are published annually in the Call to Conference.