Announcing the 2019 Executive Council for The Carpentries

The Executive Council elections have concluded! Thanks to everyone who participated in the election as a candidate or voter. The Executive Council is the governance of The Carpentries, and we are fortunate to have so many people engaged in our community governance.. A summary of the results for both community-elected and council-elected seats are described below.

Incoming community-elected members

Out of the 981 ballots distributed to Voting Members, 247 ballots were cast (25% turnout).

The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes and joining the Executive Council for two-year terms as community-elected Members include:

  • Amy Hodge. Amy works for Stanford University Libraries in the United States. self-nomination post
  • Elizabeth Wickes. Elizabeth is a Lecturer at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois in the United States. self-nomination post

Incoming council-elected members

The Executive Council received recommendations for seven individuals for the council-elected positions. Following assessment of each candidate for their suitability regarding the expertise needed (see this blog post), the Executive Council elected the following three individuals:

  • Mesfin Diro Chaka. Mesfin is a computational data scientist and faculty member at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
  • Juan Steyn. Juan is the project manager at the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) hosted at the North-West University in South Africa.
  • Joslynn Lee. Joslynn is a Science Education Fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is of the Diné (Navajo), K’awaika (Laguna Pueblo) and Haak’u (Acoma Pueblo) people.

Continuing and outgoing Executive Council members

The five new members listed above join the following continuing Executive Council members:

Karen Cranston is a computational biologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada working on digitisation and integration of biodiversity data. She was the lead PI of the Open Tree of Life phylogeny synthesis project, and serves on the board of the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF). She has been involved with Software Carpentry since 2012, was a founding board member of Data Carpentry, and is a certified instructor trainer.

Kate Hertweck teaches researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, USA how to use reproducible research methods to work more effectively. Her research and teaching focuses on bioinformatics and genomics. She completed Instructor Training in fall 2014 and became certified as a Trainer in 2018. She served on the Software Carpentry Steering Committee for two years before transitioning onto The Carpentries Executive Council following the merger.

Lex Nederbragt is a Senior lecturer at the Institute of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway. He is also head of education and training for the Centre for Bioinformatics, Dept. of Informatics, Univ. of Oslo. His research and teaching involve genomics, bioinformatics and programming for biologists. Lex became a Software Carpentry instructor in 2013 and has been an instructor trainer for The Carpentries since 2016.

Raniere Silva is an applied mathematician by training and a Community Officer at the Software Sustainability Institute working from the University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom. Raniere became involved with Software Carpentry in 2013 as a contributor to the lessons and later as a instructor. He served in the Software Carpentry Steering Committee in 2015 and 2016.

Also thanks to the outgoing Executive Council members:

Ethan White, Mateusz Kuzak, Sue McClatchy

Many thanks to everyone in The Carpentries community for standing for election, recommending candidates, and submitting ballots. We are fortunate to have so many amazing individuals representing diverse education, careers, and geography who are willing to participate in community governance!

All members are grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to serving on the Executive Council in the year ahead! The new Executive Council’s term begins February 1, 2019.

Vision statement
There were a lot of great write in ideas for the vision, and still no clear consensus, so the Executive Council will continue to work on that with the community and new Executive Council in the year ahead.

Dialogue & Discussion