Carpentries Governance

Governance of The Carpentries is undertaken by the Executive Council, to whom the Executive Director reports. The Council comprises nine members, from The Carpentries community or others, four elected by the community, and five appointed from the Executive Council.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Executive Council

The Carpentries Executive Council is the highest leadership body of The Carpentries project. It is responsible for strategic and organisational planning, selecting the Executive Director and evaluating their performance, financial oversight, identifying revenue streams and resource development, approving and monitoring The Carpentries programs and services, and enhancing The Carpentries public image. Members of the council also serve as advocates and ambassadors for the organisation, leveraging their networks to benefit the project’s reputation and fundraising. The Executive Council executes these responsibilities through a combination of quarterly Executive Council meetings and regular correspondence and collaboration via email and online platforms.

What is the Executive Council working on?

The Executive Council is working towards transitioning The Carpentries out of fiscal sponsorship to an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation. In addition to publicly posting meeting minutes, the Executive Council reports on its activities periodically in Carpentries Clippings (the organizational newsletter) as well as through blog posts. The council also prepares Yearly Summaries of its activities.

Current Executive Council Members

Yanina Bellini Saibene

Elected 2022

Sarah Stevens

Elected 2021

Nisha Ghatak

Appointed 2023

Michael Smith

Appointed 2021

Konrad Förstner

Appointed 2020Elected 2022

John Chodacki

Appointed 2021

Jannetta Steyn

Elected 2023

Annajiat Alim Rasel

Appointed 2022

Abdulai Imoro

Appointed 2022

Past Executive Council Members

You will find our past Executive Council members on the Carpentries Governance History page.

Carpentries Executive Council Standing Committees

Standing Committees are used by the Executive Council as a practical way to manage the work and engagement of the Executive Council. For a description of the different Standing Committees, see the Carpentries' Handbook.

Officers Committee

  • Konrad Förstner (Chair)
  • John Chodacki (Vice Chair)
  • Michael Smith (Treasurer)
  • Sarah Stevens (Secretary)

Governance Committee

  • John Chodacki (Committee Chair)
  • Yanina Bellini Saibene
  • Nisha Ghatak
  • Annajiat Alim Rasel

Finance Committee

  • Michael Smith (Committee Chair)
  • Jannetta Steyn
  • Abdulai Imoro

Program Committee

  • Yanina Bellini Saibene (Committee Chair)
  • Sarah Stevens
  • Nisha Ghatak
  • Jannetta Steyn

Carpentries Bylaws and Policies

The Carpentries Bylaws can be found in the Handbook. As well as our Code of Conduct, we have a number of policies that govern how we operate, including our Privacy Policy, our instructor 'no-show' policy and others.

Contacting the Executive Council

The Executive Council can be contacted submitting an issue to their GitHub repository; sending them an email; or by filling this form. Read more about how to contact the Executive Council.

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