[OpenStack Foundation] Foundation Structure: An Alternative

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Tue Mar 13 11:28:14 UTC 2012

Dave Neary wrote:
> On 03/12/2012 07:06 PM, Dallas Kashuba wrote:
>> On Mar 12, 2012, at 2:45 AM, Thierry Carrez wrote:
>>> Tiered structure: this is the current proposal, which is well balanced.
>>> The only issue is that the board grows by 3 people when (if) a strategic
>>> member is added.
> One board member per highest-paying sponsor is better than 3, I think.

Actually in the current proposal, it's already one board member per
highest-paying sponsor. But that class represents exactly one third of
the board. So if you grow that class, you need to grow the other classes
too... Hence the board globally growing by 3 people every time you add a
highest-paying sponsor seat.

> What the Linux Foundation does is have a maximum number of Platinum member board seats - once there are more than 10 Platinum sponsors, there are annual elections for the 10 Platinum board seats, and someone misses out.

I agree that limiting the number of platinum class seats (and force them
to run elections in case the number further grows) is a good way to
limit the board size in a tiered structure. That sounds like a balanced


Thierry Carrez (ttx)
Release Manager, OpenStack

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