Welcoming Ian Kelling to staff seat on FSF's board of directors
by Geoffrey Knauth, FSF president
As the next step to implement the plan outlined in the board's announcements last Wednesday and Friday to improve governance at the FSF, at today's meeting we officially elected the staff's selection for their newly created seats on the board of directors and voting members.
Union staff selected senior systems administrator Ian Kelling to be the first in this role. At the end of today's board meeting, we officially welcomed Ian to both bodies. The board and voting members look forward to having the participation of the staff via this designated seat in our future deliberations. This is an important step in the FSF's effort to recognize and support new leadership, to connect that leadership to the community, to improve transparency and accountability, and to build trust. There is still considerable work to be done, and that work will continue.
I have always known that the FSF has good and hard-working staff, but with the success of LibrePlanet 2021, and in talking with staff during the controversy that unfolded immediately afterward, I have no doubt it is essential to involve staff much more in decision-making and strategy discussions. The advice they have offered in the last week alone has been invaluable. I sincerely believe this step in improving FSF governance will lead to better outcomes going forward. In all my interactions with Ian so far, he has demonstrated abundant wisdom and intelligence.
Kat Walsh announced her resignation from the board of directors last week and it became effective at the end of our board meeting on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Kat has been a great help in discussing difficult issues over the years. We appreciate the expert knowledge and service she gave us and offer Kat our best wishes and sincere thanks.
The FSF board will meet again on Monday, March 29, 2021.