Origins

Origins  

The SF Bay Area Chapter was founded by Zaid Ali and Franck Martin. They first worked together as Internet pioneers and were instrumental in networking the island of Fiji and bringing the island nation online in the 1990’s. Years later, in California they reconnected again in the tech industry in Silicon Valley, California. Together they began recruiting the 25 members necessary to start an official ISOC Chapter in Silicon Valley. Many applications for approval to the global ISOC organization were attempted over several years. The Chapter finally received official approval from the Internet Society Headquarters on February 16, 2009, and quickly became one of the largest ISOC Chapters in the world. Read the Founding Application

Founding Board Officers 2010

    • Zaid Ali, Chair
    • Annalisa Roger, Vice Chair
    • Ken Krechmer, Board Treasurer
    • Sophia Bekele, Board Secretary
    • Franck Martin, Board Member
    • Ted Hardie, Board Member

Find out more about our Founding Board and Founding Members.

Board Succession

  • Chair
    Susannah Gray, 2017 – Current
    Leah Symekher, 2014 – 2016
    Michael Snell, 2013 – 2014
    Zaid Ali, Co-founder, 2009 – 2013
  • Vice-Chair
    Fatema Kothari, 2017 – Current
    Susannah Gray, 2016 – 2017
    Konstantin Kalaitzidis, 2013 – 2016
    Annalisa Roger, Co-founder, 2009 – 2013
  • Treasurer
    Ken Krechmer, Co-founder, 2009 – Current
  • Board Secretary
    Misako Manca, 2017 – Current
    Ken Krechmer, 2012 – 2016
    Sophia Bekele, Co-founder, 2009 – 2012
  • ICANN-ALS Contacts/Representatives
    Leah Symekher, 2014 – Current
    Eve Edelson, 2015 – Current
    Konstantin Kalaitzidis, 2014 – 2016
    Annalisa Roger, Co-Founder, 2009 – 2013

Find out more about our current Board members.

Founding Sponsors

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