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Advisory Council


The Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees on Internet number resource policy and related matters. Adhering to the procedures in the Policy Development Process, the Advisory Council forwards consensus-based policy proposals to the Board for ratification.

The Advisory Council consists of 15 elected members. The President of ARIN is an ex-officio member and acts as the liaison between the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Council. Read the Election Guidelines for more information on how Council members are nominated and elected.

picture of the 2018 Advisory Council

Current Members of the Advisory Council


Owen DeLong owen at delong dot com

Owen DeLong provides IP-related consulting and training services to other organizations, including Sail Internet where he is currently Senior Network Architect. Owen has been a Senior Network Architect at Akamai, an IPv6 Evangelist and Director of Professional Services at Hurricane Electric, a Senior Backbone Engineer at Exodus Communication before working at Tellme Networks and Netli in both Network Engineering and Operations, a consultant (C2 Company), and Senior Operations Architect at Vusion, Inc. Owen has been an active participant in the ARIN public policy process for more than a decade and has been involved in such landmark efforts as the creation of Provider Independent IPv6, moving the IPv4 PI boundary down to /22 and subsequently /24, special resource policies to assist in the AFRINIC startup, etc. Owen has always believed that ARIN's role is the equitable distribution of IP resources and continues to work toward that end. Owen has a special interest in policy as it relates to IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 deployment. Owen was elected to the AC in October of 2007, and re-elected in 2010, 2013, and 2016. His current term expires 31 December 2019.

Andrew Dul sleibrand at internap dot com

Andrew Dul is currently an independent networking & systems infrastructure consultant since 2010 at 8 Continents Networks LLC and has been working in various Internet networking positions since 1996. Over the years, he has held various positions including roles at network service provider Internap and working on the Internet in the sky at Connexion by Boeing. During his time at The Boeing Company, he helped develop the global network that supported mobile pico cell demonstrations and the first commercial in-flight Internet service. After Boeing, Andrew served the Seattle based nationwide law firm, Perkins Coie, as their Systems and Network Architect. He also was a Lead Engineer at Cascadeo from 2010-2013 and was a member of the Cloud Engineering team at Crowdstrike from 2016-2018. Andrew has been involved with ARIN since 1999 helping to contribute to the development of global IP number resource policy. Andrew holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Business Administration with a Leadership Formation specialization from Seattle University, Albers School of Business and Economics. He also formerly served on the ARIN Advisory Council from 2003-2005. Andrew was appointed to the AC in November of 2013, and re-elected in 2014 & 2017. His current term expires 31 December 2020.

David Farmer farmer at umn dot edu

David Farmer is currently a Senior Network Design Engineer at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Office of Information Technology, the University's central IT unit, where he has served in a variety networking roles for the last 23 years.  He represents the University in several external technical roles, the BOREAS-Net Technical Team, the Big Ten OmniPoP technical advisory committee, and with Internet2 as the University of Minnesota's and Northern Lights GigaPOP's Technical Representative since 1999.  He was a member of the founding board for the Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange (MICE), an Internet exchange in Minneapolis servicing Minnesota and the surrounding states, and is currently the University's member representative to MICE. David was elected to the AC in October of 2008 and re-elected in 2011, 2014, and 2017. His term expires 31 December 2020.

Alyssa Moore

Alyssa is the Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. She is responsible for developing and implementing the organization's advocacy strategy, monitoring domestic regulatory affairs and legislation, and participating in the activities of international Internet governance bodies. Prior to this, Alyssa worked as a Policy & Strategy Analyst at Cybera, Alberta's non-profit research and education network. Alyssa sits on the Board of the Internet Society Canada Chapter and volunteers frequently in her community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University. She was elected to the AC in October 2016. Her current term expires 31 December 2019.

Tina Morris tinapmorris at gmail dot com

Tina Morris is currently a Technical Program Manager at Amazon specializing in the strategy and deployment of IPv4 and IPv6 address resources. Prior to this Tina was working as a Network Engineer in the Cable Industry at Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks for 10+ years and she has been in a role focused on IP strategy since 2009. Tina was elected to the AC in 2013, was re-elected in 2016, and currently serves as Chair. Her current term expires 31 December 2019.

Amy Potter amybpotter at gmail dot com

Amy Potter is currently a consultant. She was previously the Vice President of Hilco Streambank, where she led Hilco Streambank's IPv4 address brokerage business. Amy works with ISPs, hosting companies, datacenters and others to acquire IPv4 address space and navigate RIR transfer policies. Amy led the creation of in order to increase transparency and efficiency in the IPv4 market. Amy is interested in lending her expertise in the IPv4 market to help create policies that make sense in a post-IPv4 exhaustion world. Amy has a law degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University. She was elected to the AC in October of 2015. Her current term expires 31 December 2018.

Joe Provo

Joe Provo is a network engineer, presently a Packet Slinger at Google. He has performed IP-based network and service design, engineering and implementation in one form or another since 1994. Joe's additional experience as a professional system administrator and programmer extends several years prior, to 1990. Joe has a long history of volunteer work. Whether for community radio stations, activist organizations, theatre productions, DNS registries, NANOG Steering Committee/Board, or within his employer he seeks to give back into every aspect that shaped him. Joe was elected to the AC in October of 2016. His current term expires 31 December 2019.

Kerrie Richards krichards

Kerrie Richards is the Founder of Business Growth Rocket (StartUp Coaching and Training)  and is a founding director of VFJ Coding Ltd . She is the former Entrepreneur Development Manager for the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship - Caribbean. She has extensive international experience in Adult Education and Information Technology, and studied at the University of Technology Jamaica as well as London Metropolitan University, possessing degrees in Marketing and Business IT. Kerrie has sat on the planning committees for several international conferences, such as International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), and strives to ensure that policy perspectives are broadened to encompass the needs of developing Caribbean nations. Kerrie was appointed by the Advisory Council to fill the vacancy created by David Huberman's resignation in November 2017. Her current term expires 31 December 2018.

Leif Sawyer

Leif Sawyer is currently working as a security architect at GCI Communication Corp., having been employed there for over 20 years. His areas of focus include IPv4 and IPv6 deployment strategy, network and security architecture, VOIP infrastructure, and network management automation. Previously, Leif has worked for the University of Alaska Anchorage and as an independent contractor in the telecommunications industry. He was elected to the AC in October of 2014, and re-elected in 2017. His current term expires 31 December 2020. 

Robert Seastrom rs at seastrom dot com

Robert Seastrom is Chief Architect at ByteGrid, a managed services company focused on compliant hosting and cloud for the biosciences and health care sectors.   His industry experience spans a quarter century of engineering and management positions at small and large ISPs, hosting providers, and maintaining critical Internet infrastructure. Robert has held positions at Neustar, Time Warner Cable, Afilias, Neutral Net, Inter.NetGlobal Ltd., Akamai Technologies, AboveNet Communications, and Digex, and built pioneering ISPs in Japan and the Republic of Georgia. His nonprofit service includes serving as a Trusted Community Representative (Crypto Officer) for signing the DNSSEC root, co-founding and serving as first president of the Cambridge Bandwidth Consortium (a cooperative ISP in Massachusetts), the NANOG Board of Directors, and board positions with educational organizations related to amateur radio and firearm safety. First elected to the AC in October of 2003, Robert was re-elected in 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015. His current term expires 31 December 2018.

John Springer

John Springer recently retired from an 18 year career as the Manager of Information Technology for Inland Telephone Company, a small ILEC in Washington and Idaho. Prior to that, he worked for guiding Independent Local Exchange Carriers, Rural Electric Co-ops and others in setting up Internet operations. He has been responsible for developing Inland's Internet business from the dial up era to today's cable, DSL and wireless broadband. His duties covered the full small network spectrum; IP address planning, WAN engineering and strategy, management of customer network operations, corporate LAN, tech support call center and training. He has been active in ARIN since 2005. John was elected to the AC in October of 2012, and re-elected in 2015. His current term expires 31 December 2018.

Chris Tacit

Chris Tacit draws on over 37 years of experience in the communications, information technology and not-for-profit sectors, Chris is the founder of the firm Tacit Law, which provides legal and business advice to domestic and international clients who wish to obtain high-quality, personalized and cost-effective services. He provides legal, regulatory, and advocacy services related to all aspects of communication, Internet, technology and not-for-profit law and policy, and he assists clients with strategic planning, governance, risk management, business reviews, commercial transactions, intellectual property and privacy matters, as well as corporate and regulatory compliance. Chris is a: (1) member of the Bars of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; (2) registered Trade-mark agent in Canada; and (3) licensed professional engineer in Ontario. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, as well as Bachelor of Laws and Master in Business Administration degrees from the University of Ottawa. Chris has past and present experience as a director and officer of both for-profit and not-for profit corporations. He has published a number of articles and has taught at the post-secondary level. He was elected to the AC in October of 2014, and re-elected in 2017. His current term expires 31 December 2020.

Alicia Trotman

Alicia Trotman currently serves as a Communication Specialist with Mission Critical Partners. She has advanced expertise in telecommunications regulations with specific focus on small island developing states, and has over a decade of expertise in providing ICT development, regulatory and monitoring policies, and mechanisms to promote and maintain a competitive Telecommunications environment. Alicia was appointed by the Advisory Council to a one-year term beginning January 2018 to fill Dan Alexander's open seat. Her current term expires 31 December 2018.

Alison Wood

Alison is a network engineer for the state of Oregon, focusing on a diverse wide area network that serves over 40,000 customers. She has been in this role for almost 19 years and has truly enjoyed watching the evolution of the state's network from a disjointed mesh of dial-up to an advanced MPLS enterprise. Her duties include network troubleshooting, dynamic network analytics, pre-deployment application testing, and the broad duty of keeping the network up, fast and available. Alison was elected to the AC in October of 2016. Her current term expires 31 December 2019.

Chris Woodfield

Chris Woodfield is a Principal Network Engineer at, where he specializes on application edge and transit/peering architecture. Prior to joining Salesforce, he served architecture and engineering roles at Twitter, Yahoo!, and Internap. In addition to serving on the Advisory Council, Chris has been a member of the North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) Program Committee since early 2016. He holds a Bachelor Of Science degree in Mass Communications from Towson University. Chris was elected to the Advisory Council in October 2016 for a one-year term to replace the vacant seat held by Kevin Blumberg, and elected to a three-year term in 2017. His current term expires on 31 December 2020.

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