During the first term of office (2019–2024) the implementation of the Cankar Award will be managed by the Board composed of four members – representatives of the co-founding institutions.
- Marko Golja, representative of PEN Slovenia (President)
- Alojzija Zupan Sosič, representative of the University of Ljubljana (Vice-President)
- Marijan Dović, representative of ZRC SAZU – Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Nina Šenk Kosem, representative of SAZU – Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts