UPDATE: I wrote another diary post on the significance of women running for the OSM-US board. You may want to check it out.
OpenStreetMap is an amazing project that intersects geography, technology, data, free and open source software and culture, international development, agency, and community. Each of these components of the project are vitally important, but what I am passionate about is community.
I have been a part of the OpenStreetMap community for over two years, and in that time I have helped plan several #editathons, attended SOTM-US in Portland, I received a scholarship to, coordinated volunteers at, and gave a talk on organizing local in-person OSM communities at SOTM-US in San Francisco. I also organized a distributed Birthday Sprint for OSM's 9th birthday.
I am running for the OSM-US Board because I care deeply about this community and I want to see it continue to thrive. On the Board I will continue to plan events for the community, both in-person and distributed; for mappers and developers; for community members who have helped the project grow from its infancy and potential mappers who haven't yet heard of OSM. I will work to ensure that the OSM community is a welcoming, inclusive group so that the map we are building reflects the rich diversity of those who will use it. I will work to ensure that we are finding the best ways to spread the word about the project. I want to make sure that we're thinking about the future as we're making decisions in the present. I want to identify the sticking points in how we communicate with each other and find actionable solutions that benefit and enrich our group dialogue.
In short, for all of the strengths of OpenStreetMap, at the end of the day we are only as strong as our community. Ensuring the health of that community is my priority.