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A director of Quelab is the trustee of the corporation. They have control over the fiduciary responsibilities of the corporation, including compensation of the officers and employees, ensure that the space continues to exist, and to otherwise fulfil the stated objectives of the corporation:

  • To maintain and operate a physical space within the city of Albuquerque that fosters creative technological exploration, collaboration, education, and economic development;
  • To host events for the public where participants learn and are inspired to teach based on a shared interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics;
  • To provide local creators and makers a resource to explore and experience science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in their community.

The term of an elected director is for two years. Approximately half of the directors are elected every year, with the length of term specified at the time of election.

As the corporation holds insurance indemnifying the directors, directors shall not be personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or other obligations of the corporation.

In practice, the Directors are the strategic navigators for the lab, empowering the officers and the members to do all the day-to-day operational stuff. They go out into the wider community, looking for ideas and projects to bring back to Quelab and integrate them into our specific community. They have to balance the desires of the membership with finding the funds to pay for their feasible yet moonshot ideas. The annual card-storming process run by the President is a major input into the Director's program-decisions.

Non-member directors bring to Quelab ideas that we as a group would never have thought of, while member-directors can reinforce the desires of the members to a board of directors who are purposely hands-off. All the Directors are tasked with finding grants, programs, and ideas that can make Quelab an even better place for the Albuquerque area to explore and create STEAM-focused learning.

The directors are not omniscient, so they convene task-forces (short term) and committees (no fixed term) to research ideas more thoroughly, so they can discuss program proposals, rather than nebulous ideas which don't have a business plan behind them. These working groups solicit further concrete ideas from the community at large, formulate a plan, and return their findings to the directors for further discussion. If the proposal from the task-force gets accepted, the new program or policy is passed to the officers for implementation.

Bylaws Article 4

It shall be the duty of the directors to:

  1. Perform any and all duties imposed on them collectively or individually by law, by the articles of incorporation, or by these bylaws;
  2. Appoint and remove, employ and discharge, and, except as otherwise provided in these bylaws, prescribe the duties and fix the compensation, if any, of all officers, agents, and employees of the corporation;
  3. Supervise all officers, agents, and employees of the corporation to assure that their duties are performed properly;
  4. Meet at such times and places as required by these bylaws;
  5. Register their addresses with the secretary of the corporation, and notices of meetings mailed or telegraphed to them at such addresses shall be valid notices thereof.
  6. Execute fiduciary responsibilities of the corporation as presented by the officers and directors