Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure

The Essential Minerals Association (EMA) is organized to enable its members to coordinate their efforts in the handling of issues of common concern.

Under its structure, the EMA includes several sections focused on issues impacting individual minerals, companies that provide goods and services into the minerals industry, as well as a section focused on the emerging battery and green energy transition.

General Assembly/Sections

The General Assembly is the governing body of EMA and has all the powers for the accomplishment of the goals of the Association. The General Assembly consists of member company representatives (individuals) from each mineral section. Each EMA section is entitled to one vote in the General Assembly. The members of each section elect a chairman who will also serve as a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and a vice chairman who will serve on the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the management of the Association, and consists of not less than six directors, with two directors being elected by each mineral section. Directors serve up to a two-year term and may be reelected. The Board elects from among its members the officers of the Association, consisting of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary-Treasurer, and immediate Past Chairman, who serve two-year terms in each position.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the officers of the Board of Directors, as well as all mineral section chairmen who are not officers. During the period between Board Meetings, the Executive Committee provides a means of acting on behalf of the Board in making timely management decisions.


Through a structure of standing committees the Association addresses issues such as communications, government affairs, safety and health, environment, technical issues and transportation. The committee structure is used to study and recommend association positions on issues of legislative/regulatory importance, share best practices in areas of common interest and provide assistance to the members in other areas as needed. The EMA currently has seven standing committees: Transportation, Membership, Safety and Health, Technical, Environmental Affairs, and Communications.

Association Staff

The Board employs a President and other staff to carry out and manage the business of the Association. The staff is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Association and facilitates the work of the Board and committees to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Association.