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Nathan Kumagai Is The New Education Work Group Chair

By 2022-11-01February 1st, 2023Featured, News

Nathan has formally been elected Chair of the Education Work Group as per the process outlined below. From November onward he will be leading our work around developing and delivering best in class reference material to support a trusted supply chain.

The Election Process Used

The OpenChain Project has always had a strong focus on sustainability. As the maintainer of two industry standards, and the facilitator of a large supply chain community, our strategic position has always been to look at multi-year horizons.

As part of this, we are aware of the need to ensure our project reflects how people and activities adjust their priorities over time. A key example is the question it how we will address continuity in our work groups as our initial chairpeople reach the natural end of their tenure.

The answer is straightforward (as with most things in this project). We will introduce elections to allow chairs to rotate in a manner that is predictable and accessible.

To begin this process, we will see a transition with our Education Work Group. Balakrisha, after a stellar period of leading the group, has expressed a desire to allow another to carry the leadership torch as the next phase of project reference and training material is developed. This coincides nearly with some work we have been doing to adjust our Outreach Work Group into the more formal Outreach committee outlined in our charter, and the question of how to direct related volunteer energy and activity.

Nathan, chair of Outreach, stepped forward as a candidate for Education Work Group. A window for other parties to nominate was opened until before October 25th 2022. The process was determined to allow that if there were no other contenders, Nathan formally became chair of the Education Work Group with a one year term. He may be re-elected in the next cycle in the same manner as this time.

Throughout this quarter and into 2023 we will gradually introduce more elections, and by 2H 2023 all the primary OpenChain work groups should have completed the introduction of chair elections.