When deciding on Board Positions for a non-profit like the Drupal Association, I try to be as logical as I can in determining who might be the best choice. A focus on skills, experience, and board needs helps me winnow down the field. As we get closer to voting in the election, it seemed like I should underline my skill set using this lens.
- Has the candidate had experience working in the non-profit space?
- Has the candidate had board experience?
- Does the candidate have educational background that supports the board's needs?
- Does the candidate have work experience that supports the board's needs?
My background supports this.
- Board of Directors for Drupal Association
- Board of Directors for Crown Pointe Academy
- Policy Committee for Crown Pointe Academy
- 8 years of nonprofit management experience including grant making and board management
- 2 University programs in non-profit management - one certification and a Masters Degree
- Has the candidate been involved in the community through Camps, Cons, presenting, code contributions, and other kinds of participation?
- Is he or she well known and trusted?
- Have the interactions this person has had with the community been, on balance, positive?
I have a strong record on this - a sampling of interactions include:
- Local organization committee for Drupalcon Denver
- Lead on the Drupalcamp Colorado organizing Board
- Writing since 2004 on nonprofits, technology, open source, and Drupal - Dogstar.org
- Presented at many Drupalcons and Camps including:
Technology and Opensource
- How long has the candidate been involved with technologies that support Drupal?
- How long has the candidate worked in Open Source?
- How long has the candidate worked with Drupal itself? This doesn't necessarily mean coding - it means how long have they spent time in the space in their own discipline.
I have many years of experience.
- 20 years in the technology space
- 18 years in the open source space
- 9 years in the Drupal community
- 6.5 years as a small Drupal Agency Business Owner
Diverse Roles, Connections, and Nationality
- I consider elements like diversity of community member type (business, project management, developer, front end developer, marketer, site builder, evangelist - this list goes on and on)
- Place of residence
I have more subtle connections here.
- Canadian, British, and US National
- Business Owner
- Project Manager
- International Teams at Examiner.com and Pfizer
This fourth reason is very important, however, our number one goal on the board must be good governance. The board has a fiduciary responsibility to lead the organization effectively. This is a legal responsibility and should not be taken lightly.
I think when you look on balance, my well rounded experience makes me the perfect candidate to continue serving on the Drupal Association Board as your At-Large representative. I very much hope you'll support me when voting starts March 7th.
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