Announcing the 2020 OpenID Foundation Individual Community Board Member Election

Published January 2, 2020

The OpenID Foundation plays an important role in the interoperability of Internet identity. This is to announce the OpenID Foundation individual community board member 2020 election schedule. Those elected will help determine the role the Foundation plays in facilitating the creation and adoption of open identity standards.

Per our bylaws, three individual community board members are elected. George Fletcher’s term is expiring this year. The terms of John Bradley and Nat Sakimura have an additional year remaining on their 2-year terms. I want to thank George for his service to the OIDF and the community at large. George is eligible to be re-elected, should he choose to run again.

The individual community board member election will be conducted on the following schedule:

  • Nominations open: Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Nominations close: Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Election begins: Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Election ends: Monday, February 3, 2020
  • Results announced by: Friday, February 7, 2020
  • New board term starts: Friday, February 14, 2020

All members of the OpenID Foundation are eligible to nominate themselves, second the nominations of others including those who self-nominated, and vote for candidates. If you’re not already a member of the OpenID Foundation, we encourage you to join now at

Voting and nominations are conducted on the OpenID Foundation web site. If you are already a member, you will receive an email from me at advising you that the election is open and how to participate. You will need to log in at to participate in nominations and voting. If you experience problems participating in the election or joining the foundation, please send an email to right away.

Board participation requires a substantial investment of time and energy. It is a volunteer effort that should not be undertaken lightly. Should you be elected, expect to be called upon to serve both on the board and on its committees. You should have your employer’s agreement to attend two or more in-person board meetings a year, which are typically collocated with important digital identity conferences worldwide. If you’re committed to open identity standards and work well with others, we encourage your candidacy.

You are encouraged to publicly address these questions in your candidate statement:

1. What are the key opportunities you see for the OpenID Foundation in 2020?
2. How will you demonstrate your commitment to the work of the foundation in terms of resources, focus and leadership?
3. What would you like to see accomplished in 2020, and how do you personally plan to make these things happen?
4. What resources can you bring to the foundation to help the foundation attain its goals?
5. What current or past experiences, skills, or interests will inform your contributions and views?

Candidates can address these questions in their election statements on various community mailing lists, especially Please forward questions, comments and suggestions to me at



Don Thibeau
Executive Director
The OpenID Foundation