The Structure of A.A. – U.S./Canada Conference
The Twelve Traditions make clear the principle that A.A., as such, should never be organized, that there are no bosses and no government in A.A. Yet at the same time, the Traditions recognize the need for some kind of organization to carry the message in ways that are impossible for the local groups — such as publication of a uniform literature and public information resources, helping new groups get started, publishing an international magazine, and carrying the message in other languages into other countries.
The U.S./Canada Conference* structure is the framework in which these "general services" are carried out.
Alcoholics Anonymous has been called an upside-down organization because, as the below chart shows, the groups are on top and the trustees at the bottom.