APA’s president is directly elected by the entire membership, and chairs both the Council of Representatives and the Board of Directors. During his or her term of office, the president performs such duties as are prescribed in the Bylaws, as are incident to the office, or as may properly be required of the president by vote of council or the Board of Directors.
The board is composed of six members-at-large and six officers — the president-elect, president, past-president, treasurer, recording secretary and CEO. The chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students serves as an additional member. Much like any corporate board, it oversees the association’s administrative affairs, and, with the advice and assistance of the Finance Committee, presents an annual budget for council approval.
The council is a large, diverse legislative body that has sole authority to set policy and appropriate APA’s roughly $60 million annual income. It is composed of elected members from state/provincial/territorial psychological associations, APA divisions and the APA Board of Directors.
Much of APA’s work is done on a volunteer basis by the members of boards and committees. Boards and committees carry out a wide variety of tasks as indicated by their names, e.g., Ethics, Membership and Accreditation. Some boards and committees have specific responsibility for monitoring major programs, such as the directorates, the journals and international affairs.