28 July 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”).

July 28, 2020


Board Members: Jane Herriman, Lorena Barba, James Powell, Stéfan van der Walt, Katrina Riehl, Sylvain Corlay, Andy Terrel

Executive Director: Leah Silen

Not attending: NA

**Email/Github Voting: **

June 2 minutes – Approved (4-0-0)

June 16 and 30 minutes – votes needed.


a. Q2 Budget Review:

We spent the first ~hour of the meeting discussing the budget. Both our “good” and “reasonable worst case” scenarios take us into the red, but to very different degrees. The biggest knob for us to turn is our corporate sponsorships. In Q2 the onset of the pandemic created much more uncertainty than there is in Q3, so hopefully we can pull in more sponsorships prior to the end of the fiscal year.

b. Strategic planning meeting:

    i. Organizational Challenges: What can the board of directors do?
        a. Formalizing of our committee structure
        b. In our bylaws: The corporation shall have such other committees and 
        councils as may from time to time be designated by resolution of the board of 
        directors. These committees and/or councils may consist of persons who are not 
        also members of the board and shall act in an advisory capacity to the board.

    ii. Ideas/Proposals:
        a. Committee/Task Force(?) ideas:
            i. Development/fundraising 
                Purpose: to expand corporate connections and resources for NF development director
            ii. Members
                Additional volunteers will be added along with participation by Advisory 
                Council members
        b. NF Academy - looking forward to project’s course content
            i. Can we bring in other educators/trainers to get their perspective on 
            ii. Current focus is on events; eventually will focus on larger cohorts.
        c. Board Selection Process
            Typically new selections are only necessary if one or more board members 
            want to step down, opening up a seat.
            Are these “elections” or “endorsements”? “Board selection”?
            We don’t have voting members, so these are really “selections” not

        d. NumFOCUS restructuring with creation of NF EU
            i. Current Board becomes Global Board
            ii. NF EU: currently mostly French, but the important part is that we can now 
            accept money from within the EU
            iii. Want to have a system whereby we can create other Boards as necessary to 
            receive money from other international entitites