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

Cj Aronson cja at daydream.com
Fri Apr 6 17:31:21 EDT 2018

I think increasing the size of the board is a fine idea.  It all comes down
to the nomcom. The nomcom needs to deliver an appropriately diverse slate
of candidates.  The board needs to let the nomcom and the community know
what expertise is needed.    If this doesn't happen then we end up with a
bigger board that doesn't meet the needs of the organization and is not
more diverse. It has historically been the case that if a candidate is not
well known in the ARIN community they lose elections regardless of how
qualified they are or how much the board needs their expertise.


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On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 12:14 PM, ARIN <info at arin.net> wrote:

> In May 2017, the ARIN Board of Trustees proposed expansion of the size of
> the Board of Trustees in order to increase opportunities for diversity in
> the background of Board members, including geographical and gender
> representation. This proposal was the topic of an energetic community
> consultation with mixed outcome indicating both support and concerns with
> such a change. The ARIN Board considered the outcome of the consultation,
> but ultimately the measure did not achieve the four-fifths approval
> threshold necessary for changing ARIN's Bylaws.
> In February of this year, the ARIN Board discussed an additional issue
> related to the present size of the Board: specifically, the challenge that
> a smaller Board poses when engaging in strategic discussions, for example
> in regard to long-term direction or relationships with other Internet
> organizations. While many of these topics are discussed with the community
> prior to decision (e.g. formation of the NRO, support for the IANA
> Stewardship Transition), it is often up to the ARIN Board of Trustees to
> decide whether to explore these initiatives when they are at an early
> stage. There is a very wide diversity of the Internet ecosystem that can be
> affected by ARIN's strategic direction and this includes Internet service
> providers of all sizes and types (transit, access, etc.), Internet online
> and content industries, data center and cloud operators, educational and
> government networks, commercial firms, and civil society. While the
> Trustees elected by the community often have a broad knowledge of the
> Internet ecosystem, seven Trustees is a relatively small group to evaluate
> impacts across the entire Internet ecosystem.
> As a result of this discussion, the ARIN Board agreed to initiate a new
> community consultation to expand the number of elected Board members from
> six to nine, in order to allow for wider representation of the Internet
> community during Board discussions.
> *Board proposal:*
> ARIN should add three more elected voting seats to the Board of Trustees,
> raising the current six (two elected per year) to nine (three elected per
> year). New Board seats are to be added to the Board in a phased manner –
> one per year in the 2018 thru 2020 elections as noted below
>     * October 2018: 3 Board members will be elected for 2019; 8 Trustee
> board (9 if the appointed seat is used)
>     * October 2019: 3 Board members will be elected for 2020; 9 Trustee
> board (10 if the appointed seat is used)
>     * October 2020: 3 Board members will be elected for 2021; 10 Trustee
> board (11 if the appointed seat is used)
> We are seeking community feedback on this proposed change to the size of
> the ARIN Board of Trustees. This consultation will remain open for at least
> 30 days.
> Please provide comments to arin-consult at arin.net.
> Discussion on arin-consult at arin.net will close on 14 May 2018.
> If you have any questions, please contact us at info at arin.net.
> Regards,
> John Curran
> President and CEO
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
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