The Supreme Council, 33°, for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction is the governing body for Scottish Rite Freemasonry. With its headquarters in Lexington, Massachusetts, the Supreme Council is governed by a board of directors comprised of some fifty 33° Masons, called “Active Members.” The chief executive officer’s title is Sovereign Grand Commander
Each of the 15 states within the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction has a “Deputy,” who is the executive officer for the Rite within his state. He is supported by the remaining Active Members. There is at least one Active Member in addition to the Deputy in each state. Some states have as many as five Active Members. The purposes of the Supreme Council are clearly defined in its Declaration of Principles.