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

Magno Logan magno.logan at owasp.org
Tue Apr 16 11:32:09 UTC 2013

Congrats to Sarah on this new position! She has contributed a lot for OWASP
and I'm sure she will do a great job on this new position as well.

Best Regards,

Magno (Logan) Rodrigues
OWASP Paraiba - Chapter Leader <http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Paraiba>
Twitter: @owasppb <http://www.twitter.com/owasppb> /

On Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM, Dale Castle <dale.castle at owasp.org> wrote:

> I completely support this decision. Sarah reached out to me to jump start
> the Charlottesville chapter. She is an asset to the organization.
> Congratulations, Sarah!
> On Friday, April 12, 2013, Michael Coates 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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