Greetings PSF community,
In 2017 the PSF implemented significant bylaws changes to Section 5.5. Election and Term of at-large Directors and Section 5.5.1 Election and Term of Officer Directors). These significant changes resulted in:
- The board is made of 11 at-large directors and two Officer Directors, the Executive Director and General Counsel
- At-large directors will serve three year terms
- At-large directors will be voted into cohorts (e.g. 2020 open seat cohort includes 4 directors)
The motivation for these changes can be found in the 2017 Bylaw Changes. Needless to say, as a Board member who joined in 2016, I have witnessed first hand the impact that staggered cohorts have on increasing institutional knowledge within the Board as well as easing the burdens on staff and the Board for onboarding.
Yet these last changes to the Election are now 3 years past, so it’s time to reflect on what is working and what isn’t. To address this, we’d like to hear from you through July 24th. Please use this thread to act as a request for comment to identify topics related to PSF Board election reform. We will review these topics at our next board of directors meeting.
Some examples of topics to consider:
- Term limit for Directors
- Geographic representation of the Board
- Setting limits on the number of Board members representing any one employer/holding company
- Changes to our election procedures
The feedback gathered will be presented at the first meeting of the 2020/2021 Board meeting and be used to inform the direction of any PSF Board election reform.
Thanks everyone for your input, and as always, remember that this space is governed by the PSF Code of Conduct.
The Python Software Foundation Board Of Directors