[Owasp-leaders] [Owasp-community] e runninOWASP Board Candidates

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Wed Oct 7 21:22:52 UTC 2015

Thank you, Jim, as well from me. :-)

It has been an honour serving the last two years with my fellow board 
team members.
We may not always have the same opinion but you can always be sure that 
everyone has the best at heart for the OWASP community.

Over the two last years, I hope you could see our board team evolve and 
working hard to serve our OWASP community and bringing us forward. We 
had some good and some challenging times. But in the end we come out 
very strong today. Of course, not everything is perfect, but I think we 
made some very good progress towards a better and stronger OWASP, more 
active chapters around the world, better projects, and strong 
conferences as meetings points for our community. If you like, take a 
look at the numbers of our annual reports to see how strongly OWASP has 
evolved over the years. But of course, numbers are not everything, our 
mission and community are so much more. My approach is very much 
bottom-up, team-player and seeing OWASP as the amazing truly global 
community it is. That means listening. And understanding that our board 
is here to _serve_ our community and fulfilling what the community 
thinks we should do to achieve our mission.
I know that not everything is perfect and that not all the board work is 
so visible, but overall I think we can look back on a lot of hard work 
and be proud of good progress over the last two years in my tenure on 
the board, together with my dear fellow board members as a team. And I 
hope I could earn your trust and support for a second term on the board 
as there is more to be done and I like to continue serving our community 
as a member of the board. It would truly by my honour and my pleasure to 
continue serving this our amazing global community. Thank you.

Best, Tobias

Tobias Gondrom
Chairman OWASP Global Board
email: tobias.gondrom at owasp.org <mailto:tobias.gondrom at owasp.org>
skype: tgondrom
twitter: @tgondrom

On 07/10/15 23:12, Josh Sokol wrote:
> Thank you, Jim, for that glowing recommendation.  For me, I decided to 
> run for the Board originally after the Chapters Committee was 
> eliminated and I felt that we lost our collective voice in OWASP.  I 
> saw OWASP being controlled by people selling security products, rather 
> than people selling the concept of being secure, and I didn't like 
> it.  As a former Chapter Leader, I know the hard work and dedication 
> that goes into running a successful chapter.  Even more so, I know the 
> time and effort that it takes to raise funds to fuel those efforts.  
> My latest initiative is a massive proposal 
> <https://www.evernote.com/l/AD9k8Mj8VAdOxLURsbEmDNCN0NR4JrprZNo> to 
> drive funds to underfunded chapters and projects and hopefully bring 
> some sanity to what's been described by others as the "ring-fenced 
> funds issue" or even language as divisive as "chapters vs projects".  
> It's a problem that has plagued OWASP for a very long time and I'm 
> hoping that my ideas will eliminate the negativity from those 
> discussions and help to propel our chapters and projects forward.  
> OWASP Community and Leaders, I have more big ideas for OWASP that I 
> look forward to bringing to the table in the future.  I'm not one for 
> politicking, but since someone else brought it up, I would sincerely 
> appreciate your vote in the upcoming election.  Thank you.
> Josh Sokol
> On Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org 
> <mailto:jim.manico at owasp.org>> wrote:
>     Leaders and Community,
>     I've been asked by many what my opinion is on the upcoming board
>     elections. Please note, my current term ends Dec 31, 2016 and I
>     will not be running for the board again. Four years is plenty in
>     this position and I want to give room for others to lead in this
>     regard. The choices I made are because of the following values I
>     care for in board members. Commitment to the fiduciary duty to
>     make decisions that support the foundation above personal
>     interest. Vendor neutrality and non-commercialism. Work hard and
>     be committed to being an active and vocal member of the
>     community.  Have your heart soul and mind deep into application
>     security. Be committed above all else to serve the community. Be
>     transparent in all OWASP dealings.
>     So here are my votes....
>     *Josh Sokol*:  Without any doubt, I feel Josh is the most
>     instrumental board member when considering the future of OWASP
>     governance. Josh has dove head first into some of the most
>     difficult issues that face the board. He is vocal, he is active in
>     our community on multiple levels and he never shies away form the
>     fire. And when it comes to activities around board governance, I
>     feel that Josh is the hardest working board member of us all. He's
>     been pushing "legislation" to fund new chapters and projects as
>     well. I'm a big fan and feel wee *need* Josh on the board.
>     *
>     **Michael Coates*: Michael and I have very different styles of
>     communication around dealing with conflict. We are often on
>     different sides of various issues. But I see Michael as a very
>     mature and calm member of the board who brings a lot of
>     sophistication to our actives. Even when I disagree with him, I
>     think he always brings the right intention to OWASP and he has my
>     vote, no question. I also think he has been a strong supporter of
>     vendor neutrality and similar values, which is a top tier concern
>     of mine. Not to mention his hard work on AppSecUSA while
>     refurbishing his home while welcoming a new baby into his life
>     while taking on a new job, etc. I do not know how he does it, but
>     he certainly  puts a lot of blood, sweat and tears into OWASP.
>     *Milton Smith*: Milton is one of the kindest souls I've met in our
>     community. He has incredibly high standards around communicating
>     with people with respect, he is incredibly astute and caring
>     around ethical issues an in general we would be lucky as a
>     community to have him as a board member. Again, what Milton brings
>     to the table are things we need desperately on the board -
>     experience leading an organization of this size as well as an
>     outstanding sense of ethics. I also think it's fair to disclose
>     that Milton is a friend and we have worked closely together in the
>     past - and always, even under stress, Milton is always a kind
>     hearted and helpful soul.
>     *Bil Cory*: Bil Cory is someone who has advised me on multiple
>     occasions regarding difficult board matters. He is (very) well
>     versed in our bylaws and has provided (excellent) feedback
>     regarding some of the most difficult issues to the board. He is an
>     active member of our governance list. We would be lucky to have him.
>     *Tobias Gondrom * : Tobias tends to vote in favor of issues that
>     serve the European and non-US community. Since we are a global
>     community, this kind of representation is critical. Tobias has
>     also been our chair of the board this year. He has kept meetings
>     on track with a very calm demeanor even in the face of stress. He
>     shows up to meetings in the middle of the night for him and has
>     weekly meetings with Paul regarding operational issues. He has
>     also respected the power of the  chair of the board and has not
>     abused that power. This demonstrates excellence leadership which I
>     feel we need.
>     These are just my opinions as a "lame duck" board member. If I was
>     running again, I would not have stated my opinions so bluntly. But
>     my opinions aside, I think it's important to hear out *all*
>     candidates. Their interviews can be heard here.
>     https://soundcloud.com/owasp-podcast
>     Last, I am grateful that all of our candidates are considering
>     running. It's a great deal of work and time and is often fraught
>     with conflict. I hope all candidates consider continued service to
>     the foundation, regardless of who wins.
>     Aloha,
>     -- 
>     Jim Manico
>     Global Board Member
>     OWASP Foundation
>     https://www.owasp.org
>     Join me at AppSecUSA 2015!
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