Foundation/Local Chapters/United States/Elections/2015

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What's the board?

OpenStreetMap US is governed by a board of directors made up of five individuals. All five positions are up for election each year. To find out more about board activities, watch the questions and answers session with the current board.


All five board seats are subject to this election. Current board:

How do I vote?

At the beginning of the election period (October 12th - 18th) all members of OpenStreetMap US will receive a ballot link at their registered email address. You can join OpenStreetMap US during the election week and you will still be able to vote. If you're not sure about your membership status or your registered email, please get in touch under .

How do I learn more about candidates?

On October 12th, there will be a virtual townhall meeting with candidates. Find out details about the townhall on the OpenStreetMap.US blog


Here is the full list of all candidates standing for elections.

Candidates could nominate themselves until October 10th by adding their name to this list. If a nominee chooses to withdraw, please leave your name on the page and add (Withdrawn) after it.

To learn more about candidates, review their position statement below or watch the Candidate Townhall.

Result Name Nomination
Manifesto (Position statement) Chapter member since
96 Martijn van Exel o u How can we double the number of active mappers in the US in a year? 2011 (confirmed)
30 Elliott Plack o u Wade Crump u My position statement (gist) 2014 (confirmed)
104 Alyssa Wright o u Ian Dees position statement!! 2013 (confirmed)
37 Eric Theise o u Steven Johnsono u position statement 2012 (confirmed)
119 Ian Dees o u Alyssa Wright My position statement 2010 (confirmed)
6 Jonathan Witcoski o u My position statement 2015 (confirmed)
73 Lauren Jacobson o u Ian Schuler o u My position statement 2015 (confirmed)
95 Drishtie Patel o u Kate Chapman o u My position statement 2015 (confirmed)
112 Alex Barth o u Bill Morris o u Growing our community through networks 2012 (confirmed)

Key: o - osm user page, u - wiki user page

Independent observers

The election is overseen by independent observers Paul Norman (primary) and Henk Hoff (stand by).



  • Nominations closed October 10th
  • A wiki page has been provided for recording nominations
  • Nominees must provide position statements at the time of nomination via links on this wiki page, or a statement embedded in the table above
  • A Nominee who withdraws should not remove their name from the wiki page, but rather clearly note that they decline by editing the page
  • A current officer of OSM US will verify that nominees are members before the election starts. A nominee may join OSM US at any time before the end of the nomination period to become eligible (note that the nominee must be fully paid up at the time that nominations close.)
  • A valid nomination will include:
    • a name posted in the wiki
    • a position statement or link to a position statement in the wiki
    • All of the above by FIXME (based on the wiki timestamp of the last edit)
    • Independent verification of current membership (this can happen at any time before the start of the election and is not the responsibility of the Nominee)


  • Only paid members of OSM US can vote
  • The voting period runs from October 12th - 18th
  • Members who renew their paid membership before the end of elections can still vote
  • Voting members will receive links via email to the voting website (the voting website is currently implemented via Survey Monkey)
  • Paid OSM US members will receive, via email, a unique link to a voting page. This will be sent to the email address associated with their entry in OSM US membership records.
  • Voters may vote for up to 5 nominees to the board.
  • Ballots for more than 5 nominees will be disqualified and discarded.
  • One independent monitor will come from the greater OSM community. the monitor shall not be a current board member or candidate for the OSM US board. They will have access to Survey Monkey in order to verify that the vote has been correctly counted and reported.
  • Tiebreaker: should there be a tie for the final board seats, those members clearly elected to the new board will decide how to break the tie. The board members selected by this group must be from the nominees who are tied.