About Us
The American Institute for Conservation and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation work together to promote the preservation and protection of cultural heritage. Partner with us to further that mission.


The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) is a national membership association with a large number of volunteer leaders. Overseen by a board of directors, we maintain various committees, networks, and specialty groups which contribute to health and vitality of the entire organization. Learn more about how to volunteer with us. Our volunteer leaders meet once per year in our Internal Advisory Group.

For our structure, see:

Board of Directors

The management and control of the organization is vested in the Board of Directors. The board consists of eight people:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Four Directors

Requirements: Each board member may be either a Professional Associate or a Fellow except the President and Vice President who must be Fellow members.

Terms: The President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer hold office for a term of two years.  Directors hold office for a term of three years. The President and Vice President are eligible to serve no more than two consecutive terms of office. Terms begin and end at the adjournment of the Member Business Meeting at our annual meeting.

Wondering what each position does? Read the Officers and Directors Position Descriptions.


We have committees that deal with or research long-term, ongoing organizational issues. They each have a leadership structure made up of members and report back to the board through a liaison.


Our bylaws name these four committees:


Our board appointed these ten committees to carry out a specific charge.


Groups & Networks

We have several subgroups focusing on particular specialties or topics within the organization that members may join. They publish columns in our newsletter, conduct sessions at our annual meeting, and develop resources.