Michael Dawson elected Community Director

By August 28, 2020Announcement, Blog

The OpenJS Foundation is delighted to announce that Michael Dawson has been elected to the OpenJS Board as the CPC Director, a community representation seat.  

Chosen by the Cross Project Council, Michael brings a wealth of experience to the board having acted as the Node.js Project TSC Chair, a member of the Node.js Community Committee, being an active contributor to the Node.js Project and being active on the CPC. Michael previously held the Node.js representative seat on the Board. This community seat replaces that designation.

In a statement provided to the community via GitHub, Michael says, “My goal as a board member is to bring the perspective of the foundation projects and greater community to the board while ensuring the needs of foundation projects are considered in the decisions that are made.”

Additionally, in being elected, Micahel plans to prioritize communication between the board and community, seek input on board decisions, and help champion broader and longer-term initiatives that are important to the success of the foundation. 

As a community representative to the OpenJS Board, Michael looks forward to taking what he’s learned from his work with Node.js, the CPC and recent collaborator summits to represent the broader community. Michael adds, “I look forward to broadening my role and representing more projects. In my role as the Node.js Board rep, the TSC and Comm Comm found board updates helpful. This could be beneficial for other projects and I would be happy to work to find the right way to provide these updates.”

Michael is IBM’s community lead for Node.js, where he works to coordinate and lead the work of IBM’s teams that contribute to the Node.js community.  He also works to support IBM’s many initiatives to provide great deployment options (public and private) for Node.js, ensuring the tools and products IBM delivers provide a first class experience for Node.js developers and supporting IBM’s internal and customer Node.js deployments.

Michael is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Outside of the office he enjoys playing badminton and softball as well as kayaking and paddle boarding. Extracurriculars also include building things with 3d printers, cnc machines, soldering irons and building apps to make daily life more fun.