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The OWASP Foundation was established in 2001 as an open community and software security resource. Since then, OWASP has grown to be globally recognized as a credible source for application security standards (see industry citations). Individuals typically find OWASP when searching the internet for information about software security - and they are happy to find a reliable source of knowledge built by an extremely open and passionate community. OWASP is open to anyone. Anyone can attend OWASP's vendor agnostic local chapter meetings, participate in regional and global conferences, and contribute to the many OWASP projects. And anyone can start a new project, form a new chapter, or lend their expertise to help an OWASP Global Committee.

The OWASP Foundation Board of Directors currently consists of seven elected volunteers. These unpaid volunteers dedicate themselves to the organizational mission and playing a pivotal role in the software security community. OWASP conducts democratic elections of its Board Members to enable bottom-up advancement of its mission.

Recent Board Election Pages

2019 Board Elections

2018 Board Elections

2017 Board Elections

2016 Board Elections

2015 Board Elections

About the OWASP Foundation

General Election Timeline

  1. Notify the 3 current board member(s) whose term is up
  2. Call for Candidates Opens
  3. Honorary Membership Self Nomination - Open year round SUBMIT HERE
  4. Submission for Questions From the Community for the Candidate Interviews
  5. Email Reminder Call For Candidate
  6. Email Reminder Honorary Membership
  7. Second Email Reminder Call For Candidates
  8. Second Email Reminder Honorary Membership
  9. Email Reminder Call for Questions from the Community
  10. Third Email Reminder Call For Candidates
  11. Third Email Reminder Honorary Membership
  12. Second Email Reminder Call for Questions from the Community
  13. Fourth Email Reminder Call For Candidates
  14. Fourth Email Reminder Honorary Membership
  15. Second Email Reminder Call for Questions from the Community
  16. Deadline for Call for Candidates Closes
  17. Deadline for Questions from the Community
  18. Verification of Candidates
  19. Candidates Announced via Email and Social Media
  20. Select the 6-7 Top Questions from the Community and Share With Candidates
  21. Schedule Group Interviews
  22. Group Interviews
  23. Deadline for Interview Recordings
  24. Recordings Posted on the Election Wiki Page
  25. Email/Social Media Notifying the Community that the Recordings are Posted
  26. Paid Membership Deadline
  27. Voting Opens
  28. Voting Closes
  29. Results Shared with all Candidates
  30. Results Shared via Email and Social Media


Global Board of Directors Primary Responsibilities

The OWASP Foundation Board of Directors currently consists of seven elected volunteers who serve a two year term. These unpaid volunteers dedicate themselves to the organizational mission and playing a pivotal role in the software security community. Members of the Global Board of Directors are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and ensuring the financial integrity of the Foundation.

Detailed information on meeting requirements, roles and responsibilities within the board, term limits, and elections is found in the OWASP Foundation bylaws. The Board of Directors Code of Conduct and details of the orientation and on-boarding process are found on our Governance page.

Please reach out to our current Board Members if you'd like additional information on what it's like to be a Global Board member at the OWASP Foundation.

Additional Responsibilities that the International Board of Directors must adhere to can be found on the Foundation Governance page

Board History

Eligibility Requirements for Board Candidates

You need to be an OWASP individual paid member in good standing for a twelve (12) month period of time prior to Paid Membership Deadline above.

Candidates are required to create a wiki page that includes: a bio, current membership status, a brief description of why you feel you are the best candidate, and why you would like to be elected. You will be contacted to schedule a group audio interview. If you are interested in running for a seat on the OWASP Global Board please submit your intention along with the requirements listed above. All submissions will be reviewed and verified by OWASP.

Honorary Membership

Who is eligible for Honorary Membership?

  • OWASP Project/Chapter Leaders - The OWASP Project or Chapter MUST be active and your leadership position MUST be on file with the OWASP Foundation 6 months prior to the Paid Membership Deadline.

**NOTE** If you are an OWASP leader that does not have a current paid Individual Membership or current Honorary Membership on file, but meets the requirements (see eligibility above) for Honorary Membership, then you MUST APPLY for an Honorary Membership in order to vote in this year's election. The Honorary Membership request form is available HERE. All submissions will be reviewed and verified by OWASP.

Who Can Vote?

OWASP paid Individual Members, paid Corporate Members and Honorary Members registered as of the Paid Membership Deadline will have (1) vote per seat (there are 3 seats up for this election).

If you are not a member yet, we encourage you to JOIN NOW!

How Do I Vote?

Eligible voting members will receive an email to their registered email address from owasp@simplyvoting.com with subject "BALLOT FOR OWASP [YEAR] Board Election"

This email will include a specific link for you to cast your vote. Please do NOT share this link with anyone. It is a specific link JUST FOR YOU!

Additionally, eligible voting members will also receive an email from the OWASP Foundation notifying them that their ballot has been sent. In the instance that they did not receive a ballot they are asked to contact us immediately.

Have additional questions about the OWASP Membership?