Welcome to the Private Directors Association®

The Private Directors Association® (PDA) is an independent 501(c)(6) founded in 2014 and headquartered in Chicago, IL. PDA is the only national association dedicated to improving private companies' growth and sustainability through governance that adds value.

Our close to 3,000 members include current and qualified future board members, private company owners, and C-level executives of family-owned businesses, ESOPs, private equity owned, early stage, and start-up organizations.

The PDA mission is to:

  • Advocate for and teach board formation and governance
  • Enhance private company value through high-performing boards
  • Advocate for the value of diverse and inclusive boards
  • Create a national alliance of directors, executives, and private company owners interested in board service to learn, network, and identify and attract exceptional board members

PDA Continues to Add Member Value

Enhance Your Private Company Value with a PDA Corporate Membership

To meet the demands of a fundamentally different operating reality, private company directors and boards are reshaping how they think, operate, and interact with the business. There is no better time to become a PDA Corporate member. 

The PDA Corporate Membership is specifically designed to augment the skills of directors and the C-suite with access to exclusive corporate member resources and discounts, and a wide variety of peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

Learn more about becoming a PDA Corporate member by contacting Paula Gardzelewski, Senior Manager of Business Development, at (281) 404-3725 or Michael DuBois, Senior Manager of Business Development at (202) 297-9996.


Dennis Kessler, Founder & President, Midwest Family Business Advisors
Independent Board Director

Independent Directors on Private Company Boards bring value to a board by sharing their knowledge about succession planning for the business and the family as well as their experience in strategic planning gained from other industries and other businesses in which they have worked.

For more comments from Private Companies, Directors, Executive Search Firms, and more, please visit the Testimonials page of our website. 

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