[Owasp-leaders] Proposal for OWASP Global Chapters Committee

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Sat Sep 1 21:28:07 UTC 2018


Dear OWASP Leaders,

As per the OWASP Committees 2.0 Operational Model
<https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Governance/OWASP_Committees>, approved by
a vote of the OWASP Board of Directors on July 16, 2014, I would like to
formally propose the creation of a new "OWASP Global Chapters Committee".

My rationale for the creation of this new committee is that our community
has made a number of observations about inadequacies in the ways our
Chapters interact with the OWASP Foundation, it's Staff, and the Board.
This committee would serve as a new form of governance within the OWASP
Foundation, cutting red tape and empowering our chapter leaders to better
serve the mission of OWASP while still adhering to the OWASP Core Values of
openness, innovation, being a global community, and integrity.  We will
focus on strengthening the OWASP Chapters through education, networking,
and driving value to our members.

Topics that are within scope for the OWASP Global Chapters Committee
include, but are not limited to:

   - *Leadership Requirements: *The committee will be responsible for
   defining requirements for new chapter leaders and create a community
   vetting process.
   - *Activity Requirements: *The committee will be responsible for
   defining the minimum activity requirements for chapters and will
   periodically review chapters for meeting those minimum requirements.
   - *Mentorship: *Programs will be created to pair new chapter leaders
   together with more experienced ones.  Budgets will be established in order
   to facilitate mentees attendance of mentor chapter meetings.
   - *Projects Partnership Tours: *To emphasize the importance of projects,
   a budget will be established for projects to hold regional tours of
   chapters where they will speak and show off their projects.
   - *Budgets: *The committee will be a resource for OWASP policies and
   procedures when it comes to the budget process and ensuring that it is
   being followed.  The committee will help identify opportunities for chapter
   leaders to spend their money.
   - *Policy: *The committee will review and revise the Chapter Leader
   Handbook on a periodic basis.  They will assess gaps in existing policies
   and help to create new policies or redefine existing policies to address
   gaps.
   - *Guidance: *The committee will serve to help guide other leaders with
   any questions that they have.  They will assist with finding speakers.
   They will help to recommend topics for presentations.
   - *Feedback: *The committee will survey chapter leadership on pertinent
   topics and be a listening outlet for chapter needs.
   - *Conflict Resolution: *The committee will serve as a tribunal for
   conflicts among and between chapters.
   - *Local and Regional Events: *The committee will help to guide chapter
   leaders on how to start and run local and regional events.  A "startup"
   budget will be formed from existing event revenues in order to seed
   investment in more events, helping additional chapters to be able to raise
   enough money to cover their expenses and innovate.
   - *Board Guidance: *The committee will work with the Board on any
   initiatives they have as they relate to chapter policies, governance,
   budgets, or otherwise.

This scoping was developed by myself and Tiffany Long in an effort to cover
many of the issues our chapters face on a routine basis.  It is not a
comprehensive list and I'd certainly welcome suggestions from others in our
community.  Moreso, it is my hope that others will be interested in
participating in and contributing to this committee.

Per the Committee Creation section of the Committees 2.0 Operational Model,
this is now up for a community discussion with a Board vote to follow.  I
hereby formally request that this be added as a topic for vote at the
September 19th OWASP Board meeting.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Josh Sokol

OWASP Board Member 2014-2017
OWASP Austin Chapter Leader
OWASP LASCON Conference Co-Founder
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