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Become a leader

Governing bodies are comprised of members of the association who are selected to lead and shape our collective futures. Serving on the ADA delegation and/or a CDA council, committee or board is one of the many ways you can give back to your association and profession. CDA’s success depends on a diverse group of leaders consisting of early career, mid-career and retired dentists who:

  • Participate in thoughtful discussions
  • Are open to the ideas and opinions of others
  • Are committed to meeting attendance (some remote participation available)
  • Work well with other volunteers and staff


Application Timeline for Leadership Positions

2022 Leadership Applications

December 1 - January 30 (Jan 15 deadline extended):

  • Committee on Volunteer Placement at-large application open

December 15 - January 30: 

  • ADA delegation application open (October 2022, Houston) 
  • Audit committee at-large application open

2023 Leadership Applications

April 1 - May 15:

  • Council, committee and board incumbent applications open*

June 1 - July 15:

  • Council, committee and board non-incumbent applications open*

*Terms begin on January 1, 2023 with the exception of the Government Affairs Countil which begins December 1, 2022.

For questions, contact [email protected].

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Let us know about your interest in CDA leadership positions! If you are interested in serving on a CDA council, committee, board or workgroup and an application is not available, please complete CDA’s leadership recruitment form.

Join us at CDA Cares!  Learn more about the event and register to volunteer for one of our clinics.

Host a Speaker at CDA Presents! Find out more about how you can volunteer for CDA Presents.

Start Local! Change often begins at the local level. Contact your component executive director, to discover leadership and volunteer opportunities.  

Dental Students: If you are a dental student interested in volunteerism, email [email protected] to learn more about how you can get involved.