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

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Sat Apr 13 20:38:19 UTC 2013


I support this process and decision 100%. I think the board did the right thing here. We are *removing* power from the board, not seizing it. I feel good about that.

Aloha,
Jim Manico
OWASP Board Member
@Manicode


> The new executive director position, announced here [1] and with job duties
> here [2], was filled by Sarah Baso [3]. The board discussed and was in
> unanimous approval for this hire. As with any good organization you should
> look internally to see if you have the right candidate for the hire. If
> not, then you begin the external sourcing process.
> 
> Regarding employee structure the job description details that the entire
> operations team reports to the executive director and the executive
> director reports to the board.
> 
> [1] http://owasp.blogspot.com/2013/04/owasp-creates-executive-director.html
> [2]
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z4Pl7C-jbgtuV2nR-MaW2Rs-6u3RnC4RKNGCmUcX-zo/edit?usp=sharing
> [3] http://owasp.blogspot.com/2013/04/owasps-new-executive-director.html
> 
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> Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc
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> Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc
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> 
> On Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 11:13 AM, Dinis Cruz <dinis.cruz at owasp.org> wrote:
> 
>> I don't understand this appointment, is this the position that was
>> announced last week at OWASP's New Executive Director<http://owasp.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/owasps-new-executive-director.html> or
>> is it a new role?
>>
>> I was under the impression that all OWASP Employees were peers and
>> colleagues.
>>
>> Dinis Cruz
>>
>>
>> Dinis Cruz
>>
>> Blog: http://diniscruz.blogspot.com
>> Twitter: http://twitter.com/DinisCruz
>> Web: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/O2
>>
>>
>> On 12 April 2013 18:17, Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org> wrote:
>>
>>> Leaders,
>>>
>>> Please join me in congratulating Sarah Baso as OWASP's new executive
>>> director!
>>>
>>> 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.
>>>
>>> http://owasp.blogspot.com/2013/04/owasps-new-executive-director.html
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> *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
>>> team?*
>>> 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:
>>>
>>> http://owasp.blogspot.com/2013/04/owasps-new-executive-director.html
>>>
>>> The OWASP Board is proud to announce OWASP’s new Executive Director,
>>> Sarah Baso.
>>>
>>> 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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