Pre-2016 Press Releases 1 December 2011

Call for Nominations for the Internet Society Board of Trustees

The Internet Society’s (ISOC) Nominations Committee is accepting applications from candidates interested in serving on the ISOC Board of Trustees. In 2012, three positions on the Board of Trustees are open for election. Two Trustees will be elected by ISOC Organizational Members, one by ISOC Chapters and one Trustee will be selected by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The Trustee positions are 3-year terms that start August 2012 and expire June/July 2015.

The Internet Society (ISOC) is a global not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education and policy. With offices in Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. ISOC is 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 organizational members, more than 44,000 individual members, and over 80 chapters that play a role in driving the mission and work of the organization. In 2012, ISOC’s operational budget will be $34.9 million USD.

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 Board consists of 12 Trustees that are either appointed or elected by the chapters, organization members and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and the ISOC CEO and President serves ex-officio as a non-voting Trustee. In accordance with ISOC’s Procedures for the Selection of Trustees, six Trustees are elected by the organizational members, three Trustees are elected by the chapters and three Trustees are appointed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Trustees serve a three year term and can serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Time Commitment

Trustees are expected to commit the time necessary to perform regular Board and committee business. Trustees are also expected to allocate time to attend and prepare for meetings. The ISOC Board of Trustees holds three physical meetings and three to four 2-hour teleconference meetings annually.

Eligibility Statement

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

  • Internet standards,
  • Internet operation,
  • public policy for Internet and telecommunications
  • Internet development.

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

The following qualifications are also highly desirable:

  • Previous Board experience or organizational leadership experience
  • Skills in business management and leadership
  • Not-for-profit experience and fund raising
  • The ability to identify relevant ISOC projects and attendant funding and resourcing
  • solutions
  • Vision for the role of the Internet Society

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 very welcome, we would strongly encourage members from the currently under-represented areas to nominate.


Nominations are due Thursday, 29 December 2011 and should be sent to the Nominations Committee using the web form.

Self-nominations, agreed nominations and suggestions are all welcome. Please be sure to include a Statement of Interest and a Resume or one-page narrative biography.
Please indicate whether you consider the nominee a candidate to be elected by the Organizational Members, the Chapters or both.

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