[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Pauline “Polly” Getz of the Diocese of San Diego has been elected by the Episcopal Church Executive Council to serve as a lay member, filling an unexpired term.
Getz’s term begins immediately and continues until Executive Council elections at General Convention 2018. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Executive Council member Joseph Ferrell of the Diocese of North Carolina.
Getz has been elected a lay deputy for seven consecutive General Conventions. She has served as parliamentarian, on the Committee on Rules of Order, and on Governance and Structure. She served on the Very Rev. George Werner’s Council of Advice, the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons, the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church, and is currently chair of the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons. She has served as vice chancellor of the Diocese of San Diego for 25 years, is chancellor of her parish, and has served on Standing Committee, Diocesan Corporation Board, and in many other capacities. Her secular career has been as a corporate and business attorney, and she has served on many boards, both for profit and nonprofit.
According to the website: “The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church is an elected body representing the whole Church…The Executive Council has the duty to carry out programs and policies adopted by General Convention. It is the job of Executive Council to oversee the ministry and mission of the Church. The Executive Council is comprised of twenty members elected by General Convention (four bishops, four priests or deacons and twelve laypersons) and eighteen members (one clergy, one lay) elected by provincial synods.”