The personal statement (“memo”) should be substantial and carefully written (rush jobs are obvious). It should offer arguments for why the nominee would serve well in a particular position. What special background, experience, expertise, and outlook make the nominee a good candidate? It should not be simply a list of degrees, positions, and projects.
If you are nominated (self-nominating) for more than one position, each statement should be tailored to the position.
Previous leadership experience is important, especially for AAA board positions. Mention in your letter leadership experience both in and out of AAA.
Supporting letters are important. They should be substantial and should explain why the nominee would serve well in a particular leadership position. A list of qualifications is not sufficient.
If you’ve been a nominee in the past but were not selected as a candidate, try again! Each year the pool of nominees is very different, both in numbers and in backgrounds, so each election cycle offers new chances.
The Nominations Committee makes recommendations based on the materials you present. The richer your materials the better your chances of being selected as a candidate.