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

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Fri May 12 11:26:47 EDT 2017

On 12 May 2017, at 11:13 AM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us<mailto:bill at herrin.us>> wrote:

Out of curiosity: who was the last "Caribbean" candidate for the board, how did they do on votes compared to the other candidates that election, and would anyone who voted in that election but did not vote for that candidate mind offering some quick comments about why they voted for other candidates instead?

Bill -

To be clear, representation and diversity of background can be two very different items.

Diversity of background is specifically about the trustee, whereas representation is with
regard to the process by which a community selects its representative (the representative
may not even reside or work in that locale, but simply be see as an optimum representative
of their interests…)

We do not currently ask candidates whether they considered themselves to be “caribbean”
or any other such affiliation, but their full backgrounds are included in their candidate
questionnaire and available in each year’s election archive.

If well qualified candidates from a region never or almost never run, that's a very different problem than the membership turning down diverse candidates.

There’s actually three phases in the process to be considered –

1) Do nominees of diverse background apply to be considered as candidates?
2) Do they get selected by the NomCom to be on the slate of candidates?
3) Does the membership vote them into office?

Also, where are current board members from?

Current populations:
Canada: 35M
Carribean: 44M
US: 326M

So, if the 7 board seats were divvied by population served, 6 would be from the U.S. and the 7th would alternate between Canada and the Carribean.

Then we have to ask about where in the U.S.... I'd wager California is overrepresented on the board.

FYI - Board member bios are here: <https://www.arin.net/about_us/bot.html>


John Curran
President and CEO

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