Foundation/Local Chapters/United States/Elections/2019

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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, keep an eye out for an upcoming town hall with current board members.


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

  • Jonah Adkins
  • Maggie Cawley
  • Ian Dees
  • Bryan Housel
  • Alyssa Wright

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 prior to the election week. If you're not sure about your membership status or your registered email, please get in touch with us at

How do I learn more about candidates?

There will be a townhall meeting with candidates for the 2019 board via Google Hangouts on February 25 at 8pm EST. To watch last year's, go here.

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

Independent observers The election is overseen by an independent observer .



Nominations close Feb 24, 2019. This 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 on this wiki page
  • a position statement or link to a position statement on this wiki page

All of the above by Feb 24, 2019 (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. You must be a member by Feb 24, 2019.

The voting period runs from Feb 25, 2019 to Feb 28, 2019.

Members who renew their membership or are members before the end of elections can vote. Voting members will receive links via email to the voting website

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.


Here is the full list of all candidates standing for elections. Candidates can nominate themselves until the end of the day on Feb 24, 2019 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 Town Hall (to be held Feb 25, 2019, see above).

Name Nomination Seconded Manifesto (Position Statement) Member Since
Jonah Adkins Maggie Cawley Position Statement 2015
Alyssa Wright Jonah Adkins Position Statement 2013
Ian Dees Jonah Adkins Position Statement 2010
Maggie Cawley Jonah Adkins Position Statement 2014
Steven Johnson Maggie Cawley
You Awesome Mapper my-position-statement.html 2005