Board Elections

ALTA Board Nominations Now Open

ALTA's Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations or self-nominations for the Board of Directors. ALTA will fill 1 seat for Secretary and 5 seats for At-Large Board members, with terms beginning at this year's conference. At-Large members elected in this cycle may serve terms of 2 or 3 years. ALTA’s Board may also appoint up to 2 additional At-Large members, based on specific skill sets that the Board identifies as necessary.

Secretary: The Secretary shall serve for a term of three years. The secretary shall have charge of such books, documents and papers as the Board of Directors may determine; shall keep, or cause to be kept, a true and complete record of the meetings of the Board of Directors; shall distribute, or cause to be distributed, the minutes of said meetings; shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the Board; shall keep, or cause to be kept, a record containing the names, alphabetically arranged, of all persons who are members of the Board and standing and ad-hoc committees. Such books shall be open for inspection as provided by law. The secretary shall, in general, perform all the duties incident to the office of secretary subject to the control of the Board of Directors and shall perform other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors

At-Large Member (5): This director shall serve a term of two or three years. The elected director will take on the responsibilities of a committee chair or other special duties, as determined by the President after the election in light of the Board's needs and the director's qualifications and interests.

The Nominating Committee consists of David Gramling (Chair), Aron Aji, Annie Fisher, and Aviya Kushner. Please send your nominations, including the name of the candidate and a few sentences as to their qualifications, by July 27 to Nominating Committee Chair David Gramling and Executive Director Elisabeth Jaquette.

In order to appear on the ballot, nominees will need to send their candidate's statements and pictures to David Gramling by August 5. In addition, the Nominating Committee may question or interview nominees about their qualifications and commitment to ALTA, and a nominee who fails to respond may be omitted from the ballot.

Online voting will begin on August 10 and end September 3. The nomination and electoral processes are governed by ALTA's Bylaws. Please do not hesitate to contact David or Elisabeth if you have any questions.

Only current ALTA members are eligible to vote in Board elections. Please join now to participate.

Call for Expert Readers

One of the things that makes the National Translation Award (NTA) distinct is that it is the only award in the United States that includes evaluations of the translations vis-à-vis the source texts. We rely on the expertise of translators, or expert readers, who work from the original languages of the NTA-longlisted titles to provide an evaluation to our judges, which will then inform their choices of shortlisted and winning titles. Per NTA Policies and Procedures, these translators must have expertise in the source language of the text they are asked to assess, and to have published at least one book in translation.

If you are interested in being added to our list of expert readers to be called upon during the NTA judging process, please contact Communications and Awards Manager Rachael Daum at rachaeldaum@literarytranslators.org with the language(s) you read and translate from.


ALTA is a member-led organization, and we could not continue to do the work we do without member support. If you are interested in volunteering your services with ALTA, please email the contact person listed below.

Committee Positions
  • Awards Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Finance Committee

If you are interested in volunteering as a committee member, please contact Executive Director Elisabeth Jaquette at elisabeth@literarytranslators.org.

Volunteer Positions
  • Social Media Intern
  • Blog Contributor

If you are interested in volunteering with ALTA, please contact Communications and Awards Manager Rachael Daum at rachaeldaum@literarytranslators.org.