Organization Member Advisory Council (OMAC)

The Internet Society Organization Member Advisory Council serves as an advisory body to Internet Society senior management and board on matters affecting the general welfare and effectiveness of the global Internet and its users.


  • Represents the organization members of the Internet Society within the context of its overall vision.

Members include representatives from:

  • Academia
  • Researchers
  • Service/equipment suppliers
  • Content providers
  • Government
  • International organizations
  • Public interest groups.

Each organization member can appoint representatives to serve on the Advisory Council (AC). Please contact to add or change a representative.


Advisory Council Officers 2015 – 2017

Scott Mansfield
Ericsson, Lead Architect, Network Architecture, DU IP and Broadband, AC Co-Chair


Scott Mansfield is a Lead Architect in Ericsson, focusing on wireline network standardization.  Scott is active in the IETF serving as the IETF’s ITU-T liaison coordinator. Scott is the co-chair of the Internet Society’s Organization Member Advisory Council, providing leadership to bridge the gap between technology and public policy related groups. Scott is also an Associate Rapporteur in the ITU-T and is the editor of the protocol neutral network management modeling recommendations for Ethernet, MPLS-TP, and OTN. Scott serves on the Board of Directors for the MEF and is a founding representative of the MEF’s industry-wide coordination and collaboration activity called UNITE.

Christoph Steck
Director, Public Policy & Internet


Christoph Steck oversees the strategy and development of Telefonica’s global Public Policy work and defines its positions on Digital Policies, Internet and issues related to the Digital Economy. He is Vice-chair of the Commission on Digital Economy of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Chairman of the Internet Governance workgroup of ETNO (European Network Operators Association) and represents Telefonica regularly at international policy organisations like ITU, ICANN, OECD, G7/G20. He joined Telefonica in 2002 and has managed in various positions Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility for the company, lately as Chief Regulatory Officer for its European business unit. Christoph Steck is a qualified German lawyer and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from IE Business School. He studied Law and Human Rights at the Universities of Cologne, Munich and London (UCL) and is also Associate Professor at the School of Human Science and Technology of IE University in Madrid.

Cheryl Miller
Verizon, Director International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs


Cheryl Miller has been the Director of International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Verizon since May 2013, though she has been with the company since May 2011, previously as the Director of Technology Policy. She was also a member of the Executive Board for IGFSA, and has been involved with ICANN through the GNSO. She was selected as a member of the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) in November 2014. From 2006 to 2013 Miller taught as a Professor of Intellectual Property Law at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for teaching IP law for the Paralegal Studies Master’s program and designing the program’s online curriculum.

Officer Elections

Every two years the members of the OMAC vote for officers. More information can be found on our OMAC Officer Elections page.

Organization Member Advisory Council Charter

1. General

The Internet Society Advisory Council [the Internet Society AC] consists of representatives of the organization members of the Internet Society .

Organization members include representatives from corporations, non-profit, trade and professional organizations, foundations, educational institutions, government agencies and other international organizations with varied interests.

2. Purpose

The primary purpose of the Internet Society AC is to provide advice and recommendations to the Internet Society President and Board of Trustees, on any matters of concern/interest to the Advisory Council at large or its individual organization members. Advice and recommendations may include any policy-level matters of strategic direction, finance, technology, standards, education, infrastructure, administration, network usage or other matters felt to be generally relevant to the health and welfare of the Internet.

An additional purpose of the Internet Society AC is to stimulate increased organization member involvement in Internet Society priorities (viz. standards, education and public policy) by facilitating discussion on Internet Society programs and priorities among Internet Society Trustees, Internet Society Staff and Internet Society organization members.

3. Membership

Each organization member may designate one principal and one alternate representative to the Advisory Council with equal status and standing.

The Internet Society President [or his/her designee] and the Internet Society Membership Director (i.e., staff assistant for organization member programs) will be ex-officio members of the Internet Society AC. The Internet Society Membership Director will provide administrative support for the Advisory Council. He/she will maintain the official roster of Internet Society AC members, electronic mail lists, and appropriate archives. Advisory Council business shall be, to the extent feasible, conducted by electronic means.

4. Officers

The Internet Society AC members will elect three Advisory Council Officers for a term of two years, or until resignation or removal via a formal vote of the members. The elected Internet Society AC Officer positions will consist of a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, and a Secretary.

The Officers of the Advisory Council will be responsible to:

  • Act on behalf of the Advisory Council, in accordance with Internet Society AC direction or precedent.
  • Conduct, on behalf of the Advisory Council, any necessary continuing operational activities of the Internet Society AC.
  • Serve as chair/facilitator at meetings of the Advisory Council.
  • Represent the Advisory Council when necessary to other Internet Society or external bodies, in coordination with the Internet Society President and Board of Trustees.
  • Attend the open portions of meetings of the Internet Society Board of Trustees, and participate in the electronic discussion list of the Trustees.
  • Advocate Advisory Council positions and recommendations to the Internet Society President and Board of Trustees.
  • Report to the members of the Advisory Council on the disposition of Board of Trustee actions or other actions of interest to, or which impact on, the Internet Society AC.
  • Respond to requests for advice or action from the Board of Trustees in consultation with the Advisory Council members.

5. Meetings

Face-to-face meetings of the Advisory Council will generally be held in conjunction with meetings of the Internet Society Board of Trustees. Electronic meetings may be convened at other times as deemed useful. Whenever possible, the Internet Society AC shall strive for consensus amongst its members. When consensus cannot be achieved and a formal vote is required, then a single vote for each organization member will be authorized.

Periodic meetings of the Internet Society AC Officers will be held as necessary, or as agreed among the Advisory Council Officers. These meetings may be face-to-face or conducted via electronic means (e.g., teleconferences).

Electronic discussion lists will be maintained for Internet Society AC members and for the Officers of the Internet Society AC. Subscribers to these lists will be restricted to Advisory Council members, Officers, related Internet Society Staff, and Internet Society Trustees, however they will be open to posting by anyone concerned.

6. Adoption and modification of the Charter

The Advisory Council Charter, and changes thereto, will be recommended by the Internet Society AC and approved by the Internet Society Board of Trustees.

Adopted 25 October 2005