24 Mar 2020
Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of NumFOCUS. All votes are reported in the form “(Y/N/A)” (in favor-Y‚ opposed-N‚ abstentions-A; e.g. “4-1-2” means “4 in favor, 1 opposed, and 2 abstentions”).
March 24, 2020
Board Members: James Powell, Sylvain Corlay, Lorena Barba, Katrina Riehl, Jane Herriman, Stéfan van der Walt
Executive Director: Leah Silen
Not attending: Andy Terrel
Email/Github Voting: N/A
a. COVID-19 Budget Scenarios Review
i. Leah prepared two alternative versions of the 2020 budget that account for varying levels of impact from covid-19 on our sources of income and expenses. Even in the scenario where we are heavily impacted by covid-19 and operate at a loss, we have sufficient reserves in the bank to handle the expected losses. ii. We plan reach out to projects to reassure them and let them know their money is still there. iii. We’ll have a tweet going out soon to help make our donors aware of the ways in which our projects are supporting research and public health concerns related to covid-19. (See CHIME.)
b. Quarterly Strategic Planning Session: We want to present a unified front and ensure that NumFOCUS leadership is aligned. We’ve been reviewing metrics for decision making and other organizational values, vision, etc.
i. Leah will reword/rework some of the takeaways from the planning session ii. Staff retreat is next week. They will review the same goals and objectives for NumFOCUS.
c. We’re still on the hook for JupyterCon, but Leah has contacted the lawyer about this. We’ve paid about 93K USD and still owe ~150K USD. (The venue claims that they’re still able to “hold” events even though event organizers cannot.)