Leadership and governance

Representing dentists nationwide, the ADA’s governance is comprised of the House of Delegates and Board of Trustees.
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Leadership bodies

The American Dental Association's legislative body is its House of Delegates; the Association's managing body is its Board of Trustees. The Association's councils serve as policy recommending agencies relative to their specific areas of expertise.

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Councils, Committees and Commissions

Councils

There are 10 councils of the Association. Most councils are composed of one member from each of the 17 trustee districts, plus one new dentist member recommended by the New Dentist Committee and nominated by the ADA Board of Trustees.

  • Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention
  • Council on Communications
  • Council on Dental Benefit Programs
  • Council on Dental Education and Licensure
  • Council on Dental Practice
  • Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs
  • Council on Government Affairs
  • Council on Membership
  • Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs
  • Council on Scientific Affairs

All members of councils must be active, life or retired members in good standing of the Association. Most councils meet twice a year, either at the ADA Headquarters Office in Chicago or the Washington D.C. office.

View the current list of all council and committee members (PDF) to see who represents your district. ADA Member login required.

Committees

There are three committees of the organization.

The Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings is under the oversight of the Board of Trustees and is charged with conducting the annual meetings of the American Dental Association.

The American Dental Political Action Committee is a voluntary non-profit unincorporated committee of dentists and others.

The New Dentist Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Trustees charged with advising the Board on issues affecting new dentists. This committee is composed of one member from each of the 17 ADA trustee districts. The New Dentist Committee is a standing committee of the ADA Board of Trustees and is charged with providing the Board with expertise on issues affecting new dentists.

View the current list of all council and committee members (PDF) to see who represents your district. ADA Member login required.

Commissions

There are four commissions of the ADA:

  • Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
  • National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards

View the current list of all council and committee members (PDF) to see who represents your district. ADA Member login required.

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Governance resources

Access leadership and governance resources, plus our strategic planning and organizational goals.

View our constitution and bylaws, updated in 2020.
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Read the ADA’s current rules of governance and organization, updated in 2021.
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Find past annual reports, transactions and other historical ADA publications.
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View Common Ground 2025, our strategic blueprint for the future.
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View official policies, approved by the ADA House of Delegates.
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Meeting summaries, dates and other info from the councils, committees and commissions.
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