The Internet Society engages in a wide range of Internet issues, including policy, governance, technology, and development, and has 132 Chapters around the world. The San Francisco Bay Area Internet Society Chapter focuses on Internet access issues, diversity, and digital inclusion in California.
As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity, the SF Bay Area ISOC Chapter’s work is funded entirely by donations, sponsorships and grants and we rely on volunteers to carry out our day-to-day activities.
Our mission is simple: The Internet is for Everyone.
The Nominations Committee (NomCom) is pleased to announce the following candidates have been selected to serve on Chapter Board. The Chapter membership will be asked to confirm that they agree with this selection by way of a simple email confirmation. The vote confirmation period will open on December 12 and end on December 19. Please look out for this email and double check your spam folder.
- Linkedin profile
- Bio: Arsham Hatambeiki serves as Senior Vice President, Product & Technology at Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), where he is responsible for developing and overseeing corporate technology and product roadmaps, including IoT product family for the Smart Home as well as strategic platforms such as QuickSet Cloud™ and related software solutions powering more than half a billion devices. During this time, Hatambeiki played a critical role developing numerous groundbreaking and award winning products (including 2017 Technology & Engineering Achievement Emmy® Award for work on Contextual Voice Navigation Technologies) and contributed to multiple wireless standards alliances including the Zigbee® Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance®. Hatambeiki holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Communications Engineering, and research background in areas of data communication networks and security, artificial intelligence and optimization algorithms.
- Proposed Focus and Contribution to the Chapter Board: I would like to focus on IoT related topics ranging from security & privacy, consumer rights and affecting policies, and longer term positive and negative consumer effects, and the role of “fair” AI in delivering new services through connected devices.
- LinkedIn profile
- Bio: I have been working for companies specializing on various aspects of networking and communications. I’ve always been interested in learning more about networking technologies and hence I focused on the networking companies as places where I can work and learn. I also like to work with people. I’m excited to be part of a group had have opportunity learn about networking on a broader scale.
- Proposed Focus and Contribution to the Chapter Board: After talking with current Board members and attending ISOC online events I see that there are a lot of interesting areas that ISOC is working on. There are many activities that I would like to learn more about. I’m interested to learn more about ICANN related activities and would like to participate in them.
- LinkedIn profile
- Bio: Fatema Kothari brings a decade plus of experience and skills from the service provider side of the telecommunications industry. A highly accomplished professional, Fatema has a consistent history of delivering successful connectivity based projects for Tier 1 network operators. Currently, she is serving on the Federal Communication Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. Fatema holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Maryland, College Park. Fatema’s non-profit work is fueled by her personal passion for gender parity in technology. She serves on the board for the global non-profit Girls in Tech SF and is a proud mentor with Techbridge, an after-school program to inspire girls in STEM fields. She is also an advisor to a team of women entrepreneurs from Africa, and has guided them to secure a seed grant from the U.S. Department of State.
- Proposed Focus and Contribution to the Chapter Board: Fatema has a keen interest in policy and is an avid advocate for expanding affordable internet access to everyone. As the SF Bay Area ISOC Vice President for the last two years, she has brought her wealth of experience to drive the strategic goals, partner initiatives, and operational rigor of the chapter. Fatema hopes to continue contributing to the Chapter by organizing more member events around digital inclusion and literacy, and maintaining community outreach both within the Chapter and with local partner organizations.
- LinkedIn profile
- Bio: Jeff Tantsura has been in the networking space for 20+ years and has authored/contributed to many RFC’s and patents, worked in both, SP and vendor environments. He is co-chair of IETF Routing Working Group, chartered to work on New Network Architectures and Technologies, including protocol independent YANG models and Next Gen Routing Protocols as well as co-chair of RIFT (Routing in Fat Trees) Working Group chartered to work on the new routing protocol that specifically addresses Fat Tree topologies typically seen in the Data Center environment. Jeff also serves the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). His focus has been 5G transport and integration with RAN, IoT, MEC, Low Latency and Data modeling. Jeff has been working for Apstra as Head of Networking Strategy.
- Proposed Focus and Contribution to the Chapter Board: I’d like to continue on my work bringing IETF/IAB and operator communities together, as well as improving the relationship with Open Source community. Anything relevant to routing, new developments in the industry, why and how.
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