The role of the Presidency of the Community of Democracies is fulfilled by one of the Member States of the Governing Council elected for the period of two years. The Presidency oversees, coordinates and facilitates the activities of the CoD and provides leadership to meet the strategic objectives of the CoD. The Presidency works with the Governing Council, the Executive Committee and the Secretary General.

As of September 22, 2022, the CoD Presidency is held by Canada.

The ceremony of the Presidency transfer from Romania, represented by FM Bogdan Aurescu, to Canada, represented by FM Melanie Joly, was held on September 22, 2022, on the margins of the 77th UNGA session in New York.

Previous Presidencies were held by:

Romania (2019-2022) South Korea (2001-2003), Chile (2003-2005), Mali (2005-2007), Portugal (20017- 2009_, Lithuania (2009-2011), Mongolia (2011-2013), El Salvador (2013-2015), the United States (2015-2017). Between Sept 2017-Sept 2019, the CoD was led by a collective chairmanship of the CoD Executive Committee.