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

David Hughes david.hughes at owasp.org
Wed Apr 24 01:26:38 UTC 2013

I second that! I worked with Sarah at AppSec2012 and don't think I've 
ever been around someone as dedicated to OWASP (along with Kate 
Hartmann.) I can't think of a better person for the position. Congrats 

On 04/16/2013 06:32 AM, Magno Logan wrote:
> 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> / @magnologan 
> <http://www.twitter.com/magnologan>
> On Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM, Dale Castle <dale.castle at owasp.org 
> <mailto: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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