Foundation/Local Chapters/United States/Elections/2016

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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 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?

There was a townhall meeting with the 2016 board to discuss what it's like being on the board. It took place on November 7th at 5pm PT via Google Hangouts. To watch, go here.

There will be a townhall meeting with the 2017 board candidates on December 14th at 8pm ET, 5pm PT via Google Hangouts. To watch, go here.

Every candidate is also required to submit a position statement. These are linked below.


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

Candidates could nominate themselves until the end of the day on December 7th 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 If a nominee chooses to withdraw, please leave your name on the page and add (Withdrawn) after it.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 (to be held December 14th, see above).

Result Name Nomination
Manifesto (Position statement) Chapter member since
elected Martijn van Exel Alyssa Wright For now see my Trump-style tweets! Manifesto 2011 (confirmed)
elected Alyssa Wright Clifford Snow Position Statement 2013 (confirmed)
elected Ian Dees Seth Fitzsimmons Position Statement 2010 (confirmed)
elected Seth Fitzsimmons Alyssa Wright Position Statement 2014 (confirmed)
Richard Welty Martijn van Exel Manifesto2016 2009 (confirmed)
elected Maggie Cawley Ian Dees Position Statement 2014 (confirmed)
Brian DeRocher Steven Johnson Position Statement 2011 (confirmed)
Brandon Liu Ian Dees Position Statement 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 close December 7th, 2016.
  • 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 December 7th, 2016 (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 OpenStreetMap US can vote.
  • The voting period runs from December 10th, 2016 to December 17th, 2016.
  • Members who renew their membership or members before the end of elections can vote.
  • Voting members will receive links via email to the voting website (the voting website is currently implemented via Survey Monkey)
  • Paid OpenStreetMap 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 the voting website 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.