[OSGeo-Discuss] Board nomination: Jeff McKenna

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Oct 13 09:21:45 PDT 2017

Hi Steven, I think it is not easy dedicating so much effort for OSGeo, 
and at the same time trying to keep the lights on with a small business, 
as you know very well.  I think recent changes by the current Board 
handling the many tasks through 2 VPs and the president helps, really 
helps, but I am sure we can do more.  I think Helena mentioned in her 
vision leveraging funded roles for certain tasks, dedicating people to 
those everyday Board tasks, and this is a great idea.  There are many tasks.

I guess I am growing too, with OSGeo, making mistakes, and generally 
being a typical teenager (as OSGeo is in its teenage years).  I think 
Venka mentioned this in a recent keynote, and it is very true.


On 2017-10-11 6:45 PM, Steven Feldman wrote:
> Jeff
> I agree with Cameron, I think the charter members are entitled to an 
> explanation as to why you resigned from the board twice in the middle of 
> a period of service.
> I, for one, would like to understand the basis on which we can be 
> assured that if you are elected for a third time the pattern of 
> resignation will not be repeated
> Regards
> ______
> Steven
>> On 9 Oct 2017, at 21:42, Cameron Shorter <cameron.shorter at gmail.com 
>> <mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Jeff,
>> I've had a number of people correct me to note that you have resigned 
>> twice from the board. Also from the conference committee and FOSS4G 
>> mentoring role as the global FOSS4G China was facing very hard 
>> decisions based on low registration numbers.
>> References:
>> Resignation from board in 2015: 
>> https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2015-December/008820.html
>> Resignation from board and conference committee in 2012: 
>> https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2012-February/004544.html
>> Stepping back from mentoring FOSS4G China: 
>> https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2012-January/004514.html
>> Lessons Learned from FOSS4G China: 
>> https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2012_Lessons_Learned
>> On 9/10/17 10:01 pm, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>> Jeff,
>>> While I agree with others that you have been very enthusiastic toward 
>>> OSGeo ideals, I'm also believe that there are some unanswered 
>>> questions which should be addressed.
>>> In particular, a while back you stepped down from the OSGeo Board 
>>> mid-term, while you were in the position of OSGeo president. I don't 
>>> think a public explanation was provided, but I was aware that there 
>>> was some passionate discussion happening in public email lists at the 
>>> time.
>>> If you are considering sitting on the board again, I think an 
>>> explanation should be provided.
>>> Regards, Cameron
>>> On 9/10/17 8:48 am, nicolas bozon wrote:
>>>> It is my honor to nominate Jeff McKenna for the OSGeo Board of 
>>>> Directors election.
>>>> Most of you knows Jeff's energy and passion for everything OSGeo, 
>>>> and i would probably be mistaken trying to summarize his countless 
>>>> contributions over the years, at every level of our Foundation. His 
>>>> leadership and long involvement in the OSGeo and FOSS4G communities 
>>>> made him the Winner of the Solz Katz Award in 2016, and i cannot add 
>>>> more. For those of you who may really not know Jeff yet, the 
>>>> User:Jeff_McKenna wiki page is a good read before you vote.
>>>> Jeff already served three times at the board and has a deep 
>>>> understanding of both the director role and the current OSGeo 
>>>> strategic plan. Experienced with OSGeo governance and bylaws, Jeff 
>>>> also knows a lot about projects and people. He is always ready to 
>>>> help build locally and to represent globally.
>>>> Jeff is a great communicator and enthusiastic community leader, and 
>>>> i believe he will be an excellent OSGeo director again. Please let 
>>>> us all welcome Jeff back at the Board!
>>>> Best regards,
>>>> Nicolas Bozon
>>>> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>>>> Jeff McKenna agreed to be nominated and i decided to send the 
>>>> nomination directly to the Discuss list with cc to CRO, so it avoids 
>>>> Jeff to confirm to himself that he accepts the nomination. The Board 
>>>> Nominations page still need to be updated, could you please Vasile ? 
>>>> Sorry for shortening the nomination process in this special case.
>>>> -------------------------------------------------------------------
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>>> -- 
>>> Cameron Shorter
>>> Open Technologies Consultant
>>> Geospatial & Software Architect
>>> Information Demystifier
>>> M +61 (0) 419 142 254
>>> http://shorter.net
>> -- 
>> Cameron Shorter
>> Open Technologies Consultant
>> Geospatial & Software Architect
>> Information Demystifier
>> M +61 (0) 419 142 254
>> http://shorter.net
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