Monday, March 17, 2014

OWASP's New Community Manager

I am pleased to announce the newest member of the OWASP Staff, our new Community Manager,  Genevieve (GK) Southwick.

About GK:
GK Southwick has been working in the Event Planning space for over 20 years. Starting with Physical Security in 1990, she eventually moved on to roles in Operations, Production, Facilities and Technical Direction, with an emphasis on personnel management. Active as a volunteer in the InfoSec space, she is Producer and President of the Board at Security BSides Las Vegas, is second in command of Physical Safety and Security at DerbyCon, afternoon Stage Manager and volunteer coordinator for DEFCON SkyTalks, and until moving to Denver in 2013, was head of Safety and Security and Volunteer coordinator at Security BSides San Francisco. She now volunteers with BSidesDenver, where she's currrently running Registration. She has also run Safety and Security for BruCon in Belgium and at BSidesATL, as well as helping out wherever necessary at SOURCEBoston.

GK is excited to bring her extensive volunteer management experience to OWASP, as she takes on the role of Community Manager. She's looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead of her while expanding the volunteer base within the organization, and working closely with the Chapter Leaders, to help them fulfill the OWASP Mission and assist them with their operational needs.

GK has a secondary diploma in Homeland Security from Bryman College, San Jose, where she graduated in 2004 With Honors.


GK's Community Management Role with OWASP:


GK will be helping OWASP to continue building a platform to encourage volunteer participation the OWASP community. She will also be working with the chapters to support their efforts and help them grow OWASP's presence around the world   GK has a passion for this community and mission as well as invaluable experience in organizing and motivating people.  I look forward to seeing the great things she will bring to the team and community.


GK started today and I encourage you all to reach out to her and congratulate her on the new gig!

Connect with GK: 
gksouthwick@owasp.org
@gksouthwick
http://www.linkedin.com/in/gksouthwick

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