[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Board Candidates - What are your strategic goals?

Milton Smith milton.smith at owasp.org
Thu Oct 8 18:40:37 UTC 2015

Hi Jonathan & Fabio,

I appreciate your interest in the board elections.  Mark Miller did a 
great job with the interviews but there's a lot of information for 
listeners to absorb.  I didn't add it up but I'm guessing between 
3-4hrs.  If board candidates wanted to provide a position there was 
ample opportunity to present it in the interviews.  I feel like I 
communicated my positions.  As an improvement for the future, I like the 
idea of a small set of questions with a 3-5 sentence response by each 
candidate.  Listening to all the interviews take some time and it's easy 
to miss the details.

For those interested, my interview and a blog post I made on the subject 
for more detail.

Transparency and accountability is positive but keep in mind OWASP board 
positions are not paid positions.  It's not like running for the White 
House. ;o)  We are a bunch of security geeks like yourself.  Most of us 
are strong leaders within industry and we don't always agree on security 
as Jim mentioned.  We all share a passion to improve security throughout 
the industry and respect one another.  Somewhere we meet in the middle 
and I believe OWASP improves as a result.  OWASP is not perfect but I'm 
proud to be a member.  I'm pleased with the many improvements made by 
others to date.  If I don't get elected I would still like to help this 
organization somehow.  I hope you find this information helpful.

An aside, can someone add me to the OWASP leaders list?  Or maybe send 
me some instructions?  I think I'm missing some traffic.

Milton Smith

On 8 Oct 2015, at 9:11, Jonathan Carter wrote:

> On a related note, it would be good to have a series of questions / 
> answers that each candidate must respond to in writing so that 
> everyone can see what the perspectives / goals are.
>> On Oct 8, 2015, at 3:48 AM, Fabio Cerullo <fcerullo at owasp.org> wrote:
>> Jim
>> It is good that you have expressed a public view on your preferred 
>> candidates, although you will have to pick 4, not 5 as currently 
>> stated ;-)
>> Joke aside, I think is extremely important to ask the board 
>> candidates what are their strategic goals for their mandate so those 
>> could be measured/evaluated by the community.
>> I have listened to the audio interviews and besides Tom who provided 
>> a clear view on his top 3 goals through various channels, 
>> irrespective if you agree with them or not, to me is not clear what 
>> are the priorities for the next two years.
>> Tom's goals are:
>> Shift from a 501(c)3 to a 501(c)6 under the United States, IRS Tax 
>> Code
>> Launch a new website for OWASP to provide simply navigation to the 
>> most commonly used features of the organization and clean up the 
>> wiki.
>> Bring gamification to the global community with a array of perks and 
>> rewards
>> So I would like to open this question to the board candidates and let 
>> the community know which are their top 3 goals for their mandate if 
>> they get elected.
>> I think it will add a lot of weight & transparency to the process and 
>> help the electorate in choosing their right candidates.
>> All the best,
>> Fabio Cerullo
>> Global Board Member
>> OWASP Foundation
>> https://www.owasp.org
>>> On 7 Oct 2015, at 8:59 p.m., Jim Manico <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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