[ppml] composition of and representation on the BoT

Suzanne Woolf Suzanne_Woolf at isc.org
Fri Nov 19 11:07:06 EST 2004

On Fri, Nov 19, 2004 at 10:12:39AM -0500, Lee Howard wrote:
> PS:  The AC has fairly broad demographics:
> 5 Internet carriers (telco, collo, and cable, large and small),
> 3 TLD or root operators,
> 3 educational/research institutions,
> 2 consultants,
> 1 aircraft manufacturer,
> and Cathy Wittbrodt.
> Source:  http://www.arin.net/about_us/ab_org_ac.html

Arguably, with respect to influence on ARIN policy, this is more
important than diversity and "representativeness" of the Board. Both
roles are critically important for ARIN, but as currently constructed,
the AC is closer to the evolution and eventual adoption of policy than
the Board. And having no direct fiduciary responsibility to ARIN as an
organization, the AC has a freer hand to consider potential policy
impacts beyond ARIN.

The slates of candidates for both jobs at election time last month
were encouraging-- the AC particularly had a broad range of qualified,
concerned candidates. I can remember past years when it was difficult
to meet the minimum numbers of candidates to satisfy the bylaws, so
this was really good to see. There's still work to do, but as far as
diversity and inclusiveness ARIN has made giant steps. I have
confidence in this process to continue, especially with the kind of
energetic, involved oversight from the community we've gotten to see
in recent ppml and Public Policy Meeting discussions.

Suzanne Woolf

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