[Owasp-leaders] OWASP's New Executive Director - Sarah Baso

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Fri Apr 12 17:17:11 UTC 2013


Please join me in congratulating Sarah Baso as OWASP's new executive

During our interview process everyone in the board sat down and discussed
this role with Sarah. We are excited about her thoughts and strategies and
her performance to date on the operations team has been stellar. We're all
very excited about her stepping into this role.


*What does this mean for OWASP and our community?*
Sarah will focus on leading the operations team to continued excellence.
The operations team is our full time staff that makes the underlying engine
run. They work with our volunteers, build awesome platforms, coordinate
with 3rd parties, work on membership details, and integrate into all parts
of OWASP. They are here to help elevate all of our community efforts to the
next level.

*How does the Board interact with the executive director and operations
The goal of an effective board is to establish strategic direction and, as
needed, build or clarify policy items for the success of the organization.
OWASP is a community of leaders and volunteers and in many cases the
direction is organic. However, as your elected board we must make the tough
decisions on where to focus funds and resources to best support the mission
and community.

Regarding the board and executive director relationship, the board has
established Sarah to be the lead of the operations team. The board will
continue to set larger direction items and entrust Sarah to build tactical
plans on how to execute this within the operations team.

*As a OWASP community leader does this change anything I do?*
Not really, keep on doing the awesome things you have been doing. If you
need to reach out to the operations team then please continue using our
same methods as before (e.g. contact us form
http://owasp4.owasp.org/contactus.html, leaders emails, etc).

Blogpost that just went live below:


The OWASP Board is proud to announce OWASP’s new Executive Director, Sarah

The OWASP board had many different directions to consider for which type of
candidate would be best suited for the new executive director role.
Ultimately we felt that an individual with a passion for OWASP,
demonstrated excellence, strong leadership and a desire for the mission and
community was the best choice. To take OWASP to the next level we need an
individual that can execute, seek out new opportunities for OWASP to grow
and strategically leverage our resources. The fit for this role was one
someone we already knew and trusted

Sarah has been part of the OWASP operations team for the past two and a
half years. She has played a pivotal role in coordinating global AppSec
conferences, worked within the Global Industry, Chapter, and Conference
Committees, and also was part of the 2011 Global Summit planning team.
Sarah's educational background includes a Juris Doctor degree in law and
she leverages this knowledge in many ways working for OWASP including
contract negotiation and risk assessment.

Prior to joining OWASP, Sarah worked as a practicing attorney, focusing on
electronic discovery in large class action lawsuits. She also has worked as
a volunteer English and computer skills teacher for English language
learners assimilating into the United States.

Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc
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