[NA-Discuss] Without Further Adieu

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Fri Apr 10 22:42:23 UTC 2015

Evan, thank you for both the kind words and your confidence in me.

Although you are not completely leaving, I do 
want to take this opportunity to say how 
effective and productive our collaboration has 
been over the last years. You will certainly be missed.


At 10/04/2015 12:40 AM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
>Hello fellow NARALOers,
>As some of you may have seen by now from my social media messages and a
>post in the ALAC Skype chat, I have taken on a major career change. I am
>moving to Geneva and will be supervising a network of technology centres
>around the world for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
>It's a fantastic opportunity that gives me the opportunity to help repair
>lives and give new skills. It's also much further away from Internet
>Governance than what I have been doing of late, and the nature of the
>work will make it increasing difficult for me to attend to the normal
>duties of At-Large leadership.
>As it turns out, the timing of this has worked well since Garth Bruen is
>returning from his leave of absence this Monday. And because of the ARIN
>meeting this weekend (which I am attending thanks to the CROPP program) I
>may not even be able to fully attend the entire NARALO call on Monday.
>As a result, I am tendering my resignation as NARALO Secretariat, effective
>immediately. With Garth back and Judith already in place as Interim
>Secretariat while I have filled in for Garth, I know that things are being
>left in good hands. I have already indicated to Constituency Travel that I
>will not be attending the Buenos Aires meeting.
>Now, as I move on I would like to address the selection of new leadership
>positions for the North American Region that will be opening very shortly.
>Specifically, I would like to recommend to the region some changes in
>advance of the coming selection process. I am proposing -- with their
>awareness and consent -- that:
>    - Glenn leave his ALAC position and become a candidate for Chair of
>    - Alan leave his Nominating Committee appointment on ALAC and be
>    selected by NARALO to take over the remainder of Glenn's term on ALAC
>My rationale for this unusual request is as follows. In what I have seen of
>Glenn's capabilities within At-Large I believe that his talents -- which
>are extensive in the realms of outreach, inclusivity, an increasing
>community involvement -- are best focused by leading NARALO than from
>within ALAC. In the case of Alan, as you know he is Chair of ALAC, and he
>is phenomenal at the task. However, it is highly unlikely that the NomCom
>would choose him for a second straight ALAC term; so I am concerned about
>Alan's ability to be ALAC Chair for multiple terms, which is hindered by
>following the NomCom path.
>The ALAC has benefited greatly from previous Chairs who have been able to
>serve multiple terms and then also stay on long enough to mentor their
>successor. I would like to give Alan the best possible opportunity to do
>So it is the combination of these two points -- NARALO's need for Glenn,
>and the ALAC's need for stability and continuity through Alan -- that has
>led me to suggest the above two changes, in addition to the various
>placements that need to be addressed in the coming weeks.
>It is my understanding that both Glenn and Alan are comfortable with the
>above proposal, and that Garth has indicated that he does not intend to
>stand again for Chair. So I ask for your support of them in advancing these
>changes, to supplement the regular leadership selection process that is to
>come. When the appropriate time comes I will be happy to make the
>appropriate formal nominations.
>So it's à bientôt, but not au revoir. I'll still be involved in some
>working groups, seeing through things I started, but not as Chair. I will
>continue to represent my ALS -- which recently was rechartered under
>Canada's new non-for-profit laws -- in calls, Skype and email to the extent
>I am able. So you're not wholly rid of me.
>Still, it's been a helluva run.
>Thank you for the opportunity to serve.
>Evan Leibovitch
>Toronto Canada
>  (until the end of the month)
>Em: evan at telly dot org
>Sk: evanleibovitch
>Tw: el56

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