FAES is governed by a Board of Directors, through the President, other officers, and a series of Committees. FAES members may vote in Board elections and are encouraged to participate in program management. Membership in FAES is open to NIH personnel and alumni, as well as to persons at nearby scientific institutions who are interested in the educational goals and activities of FAES, and would like to participate. Membership is attained after application approval by the Membership Committee and with the payment of annual dues. Additional details about FAES' governance can be found in the By-Laws.
The staff of FAES is headed by an Executive Director. Headquarters are located in the Mary Woodard Lasker Center for Health Research and Education at the National Institutes of Health.