It is with mixed feelings that I am announcing that Walda Roseman has decided to leave the Internet Society after nearly four years of dedicated work as both its Chief Operating Officer and its Chief Stakeholder Relations and Strategic Communications Officer. I am sad for the Internet Society but also excited for Walda as she sets out on the next phase of her life. She has been a significant and integral part of ISOC and will be missed immensely. Her last day with ISOC will be January 31.
Walda has applied her strategic, international and leadership skills to helping the Internet Society grow into a truly global organization that is also operationally set up for success. She has been a strong and effective advocate for supporting and engaging with our chapters and members to advance ISOC’s mission. I asked her this year to create an integrated approach to communicating internally and publicly our principles and accomplishments. She has contributed greatly to our future — helping to shape our strategic goals for 2015. I’m grateful that Walda has agreed to stay through January to make sure that that the key communications and stakeholder engagement programs get a strong launch.
Walda has been a true friend and strategic partner as I’ve navigated my first year at ISOC. I was excited and impressed when her significant contributions at the global level to the ICT field and to women and young people were recently recognized and she was awarded the ITU Gold Medal. Walda will be leaving to explore the next phase of her life — to take a few months to pause, attend to family matters, and develop some ideas for where she’ll next put her professional energy. While it’s not yet time to say good-bye to her, I hope that you’ll join me in wishing Walda all happiness and success.