[ARIN-consult] Community Consultation on Increasing the Size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

Paul Andersen paul at egate.net
Thu May 11 17:29:58 EDT 2017

Hi David,

The Board is looking at multiple tools and this is just one of the many we are contemplating using as I don’t believe there is a single action that will resolve this issue. We have bene taking a staged approach to improving getting a diverse range of views around the Board table. 

Right now we have considered and made use of greater outreach to increase awareness in the broader community of the need to get a wider candidate base. We have also expanded the conditions on which we can use our appointed seat and just recently used it for the first time in recent memory. 

Expanding the Board size is the next step in that process and likely not the last. We continue to evaluate this topic and the success of the measures we have implemented. Providing more data to the NomCom is certainly an area we are considering for improvement. 

Also my view of diversity is in all areas that give the Board the benefit of a range of views on issues before it.  The Board benefits from more independent voices in different industries, different skills and from different geographic regions.

Hope that helps and thanks for the feedback and answers your question. Does this give you enough data to decide if you are supportive or not?



Paul Andersen, P. Eng
Chair, Board of Trustees

> On May 11, 2017, at 2:20 PM, David R Huberman <daveid at panix.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Board of Trustees decision to increase the size of the elected Board membership.
> I am strongly in favor of diversity as a goal for the makeup of the ARIN Board of Trustees.  ARIN is turning 20 this year, and not a single woman or non-white person has ever been elected to the Board (though two women have served: Kim Hubbard as CEO and Merike Kaeo as a current appointee).
> It is difficult, however, to offer support for the current consultation without knowing why the Board collectively feels this is the correct solution to the problem. There are many options on the table (term limits, evaluations, etc.), and the Board chose this one. Why did it do so, and why is this better than other solutions?
> Thank you,
> David
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