2020 Call for Nominations - Internet Society Board of Trustees

Nominations for the 2020 Board of Trustees elections are now closed.

In 2020 Chapters will elect two (2) Trustees; Organization Members will elect one (1) Trustee; and the IETF will appoint one (1) Trustee. The term of office is 3 years, beginning in August 2020 and ending mid-year 2023.

The Internet Society is a global non-profit organization that champions the open Internet for everyone. With offices in Washington, DC, USA and Geneva, Switzerland, as well as regional bureaus throughout the world, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people globally. ISOC is also the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other Internet-related bodies who together play a critical role in ensuring that the Internet develops in a stable and open manner. ISOC has more than 100 Organization Members, over 130 Chapters and Special Interest Groups, and more than 60,000 individual members that play a role in driving the mission and work of the organization. ISOC currently has an operational budget of over USD 35 million.

The ISOC Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of the organization, and its authority is derived from the organization’s by-laws and policies. The composition of the Board includes 12 Trustees, four (4) of whom are elected by ISOC Organization Members, four (4) elected by ISOC Chapters, and four (4) selected by the IETF following the process documented in RFC 3677. Procedures for the selection of Trustees are available online. The ISOC President and CEO serves ex-officio as a non-voting member of the Board. Trustees also serve as members of the Internet Society Foundation board.

Time Commitment

Trustees are expected to commit the time necessary to perform regular Board and committee business and this can be quite substantial. Trustees are also expected to allocate time to attend and prepare for meetings.

  • Board Meetings*: two to three physical meetings per year that are two days in length plus travel time. These meetings are often co-located with IETF meetings, or other Internet events to reduce Trustees’ travel and time away from home.
  • Planning Retreat*: usually one per year over three days plus travel time.
  • Conference Calls: generally eight to ten 2-hour video conferences per year.
  • Committees: participation in at least one committee. Each committee varies in the amount of work it completes, with most meeting at least once between board meetings.
  • Email Correspondence: a significant amount of board work is carried out via email discussions, polls and surveys throughout the year.

Eligibility Statement

Candidates for ISOC Trustee will have demonstrable involvement in the Internet with deep understanding in at least two of the following areas:

  • Internet standards
  • Internet operations
  • Public policy for Internet and telecommunications
  • Internet development

Ideal candidates will also have a good understanding of broader technology, policy, business and/or economic issues relevant to the Society.

The following qualifications are also highly desirable:

  • Previous board or leadership experience, especially in not-for-profit entities;
  • Skills in organizational management, leadership and governance;
  • Sound financial acumen, financial oversight and fund raising;
  • The ability to identify relevant ISOC projects and attendant community engagement models;
  • Vision for the role of the Internet Society;
  • Good understanding of the functioning of the Internet and associated technologies;
  • Demonstrated abilities as a long-term, strategic thinker;
  • High ethical standards and integrity;
  • Well-developed collaboration and consensus-building skills;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Passion and energy for the role.

The ISOC Board of Trustees aims to be as broadly representative of the many cultures and communities around the world that it can. While all qualified candidates are welcome, we strongly encourage members from currently under-represented areas to nominate candidates. In this light, nominations of candidates from Africa, Asia Pacific, Central and South America; younger candidates; women and those with the lived experience of disability are especially encouraged.

All Trustees must be able to read and understand a balance sheet, as well as read and communicate effectively in the English language. Gender balance, geographic, cultural and other forms of diversity are also key considerations. In addition, any potential conflicts of interest that may exclude some nominees will be explored.

*Reimbursement for travel to board meetings and retreats is provided to trustees who request it. The Internet Society does not provide other compensation for board service.

For additional information, see the FAQs about Internet Society Board service.

Timeline and Nomination Form

Nominations should be sent to the Nominations Committee using the following online forms. Self-nominations and third-party nominations are welcome. Please be sure to include a Statement of Interest and a resumé or one-page narrative biography.

Nominations for the 2020 Board of Trustees elections are now closed.