ARIN Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees maintains authority over the scope, mission, and along with the President and Chief Executive Officer establishes the strategic direction and fiscal oversight. The President and Chief Executive Officer, along with ARIN staff, executes the strategic direction through the operational management of ARIN. The Board also has oversight authority of the nomination, appointment, and election of individuals to Board committees and similar roles.
The Board of Trustees consists of seven members. Six members are elected by ARIN’s membership and the President of ARIN serves as the seventh Trustee. An additional voting member (potentially bringing the Board to 8 voting seats) may be appointed by the Board at its discretion (for a term not to exceed one year) to provide diversity to the Board’s membership.
Members are selected in accordance with the ARIN Bylaws and the published election process. The President sits on the Board throughout the duration of his/her employment contract. While Board members are welcome to bring comments, questions, and concerns to senior ARIN staff (directors), Board members must include the President in any correspondence. Any assignments or tasks are assigned to staff members only by the President.
The Board has standing committees, and from time to time may appoint special committees. Read the Election Guidelines for more information on how Board members are nominated and elected. Please see the ARIN Bylaws for further details about the Board of Trustees.
Current Members of the Board
- Bram Abramson
- Nancy Carter, Treasurer
- John Curran, President and CEO
- Peter Harrison
- Catherine Middleton
- Tina Morris, Vice Chair
- Bill Sandiford, Chair
Bram Abramson practices law and public policy with 32M, a Toronto-based regulated technologies advisory firm. He was a teen FidoNet sysop and, as a grown-up, an analyst with TeleGeography (Washington, DC) and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (Gatineau) before reincarnating as a communications lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault, a long-standing Canadian firm; TekSavvy, the independent Canadian telco; and Decentral, a cryptocurrency wallet platform.
Bram has acted as a full-time Open Web Fellow at the Mozilla Foundation; director of CCTS, the Canadian consumer telecom and television complaints body; member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s FinTech Advisory Committee; and chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s communications law section. He holds Accredited Director (Acc.Dir.-CGIC), Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP, CIPP/C/E, CIPM), and Certified In-House Counsel (CIC.C) designations, and was elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2021. His current term expires 31 December 2024.
Nancy Carter is the CFO of CANARIE Inc., a key partner in Canada’s National Research and Education Network. As CFO, she is responsible for the financial integrity and operations of the organization, which includes the management and administration of CANARIE’s funding and program delivery; human resources; IT management; and all legal and contracting. Nancy also acts as Treasurer on a Condominium Board, and sat on the Board of the Internet Society Canada Chapter (ISCC) for four years as Treasurer. Nancy has served on the CIRA NomCom, since 2018, acting as Chair in 2020. In addition, she has chaired the Steering Committee for the Canadian Internet Governance Forum since 2018.Nancy was elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2017 and re-elected in 2020. She has served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee since 2018. Her current term expires 31 December 2023.
John Curran is the President and CEO of ARIN. John is a recognized expert on Internet and telecommunications matters and has been the Chief Technology Officer of three successful Internet companies: BBN/GTE-Internetworking, XO Communications, and ServerVault Corporation. John led development of several early Internet research networks and provided technical leadership to BBN’s transition to commercial Internet services. He has been an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having both co-chaired the IETF Operations and Network Management Area and served as a member of the IPng (IPv6) Directorate.
John is a founding member of the ARIN Board of Trustees, having served since August 1997. He was re-elected in 2000, 2003, and again in October 2006, and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from inception through early 2009. Since 2009, John serves as ARIN’s President and CEO of ARIN, which is a non-elected, full-voting member of the Board of Trustees.
Peter has built the core web infrastructure for several of Silicon Valley’s Internet titans and is CCIE-certified, among many technical accomplishments. He is currently the cofounder and CTO of Colovore a high density colocation facility specializing in customers with super computing needs. Prior to this, Peter worked at Google where he helped manage global data center demand and capacity planning; the Google Fiber FTTH program and its initial data center infrastructure rollout; and YouTube’s CDN server deployment and maintenance. Prior to Google, Peter was an Operations Director at eBay, where he helped build Shopping.com’s search engine grid infrastructure, and a Network Manager at Netflix, where he helped launch Netflix’s streaming Internet Video technology. Peter was elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2018, and re-elected in 2021. His current term expires 31 December 2024.
Dr. Catherine Middleton is a Professor and the Director of the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management at Ryerson University. An expert on telecommunications policy in Canada, her research focuses on advancing digital inclusion to ensure equitable access to digital society and enable full participation in the digital economy. Her research examines the ways in which markets and regulation impact the rollout and use of fixed and wireless broadband networks in Canada and internationally, investigates the causes and impacts of digital exclusion, and identifies policies and actions to advance meaningful adoption of digital technologies and reduce digital divides. Dr. Middleton has completed corporate governance training through Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation. She is a past Chair of the CANARIE Board of Directors. Catherine was elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2019. Her current term expires 31 December 2022.
Tina Morris is currently a Sr Manager at Amazon Web Services, specializing in IPv4 and IPv6 Address usage strategy, and deployment. In addition, Tina is currently serving as Chair on the NANOG Board of Directors. Prior to this Tina was working as a Network Engineer in the Cable Industry and served in the U.S. Navy. Tina was elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2020. Her current term expires 31 December 2023.
Bill has over 22 years of senior management experience in the ISP and telecommunications business. He is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and a member of the board for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). Prior to his election to the Board of Trustees at ARIN, he served on the ARIN Advisory Council for 4 years.
Bill is the former President and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC), a not-for-profit trade association that represents the interests of Canada’s independent telecommunications service providers. Additionally he is a former Vice-President of the Toronto Internet Exchange (TorIX), and a former Vice-President of the Whitby Dunlops Senior Hockey Club.
Bill commenced his career in telecommunications after attending Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors NFP Program from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Outside of work Bill enjoys hockey, rugby, scuba diving, and piloting his Cessna aircraft to exotic destinations around North America and the Caribbean. He resides in Toronto, ON, Canada with his wife and 3 children.
Bill served on the ARIN Advisory Council from 2009 to 2013. He was elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2013, and has been twice re-elected to a new term. His current term expires 31 December 2022.
ARIN Board of Trustees
- Board of Trustees Agendas and Meeting Minutes
- Committees and Working Groups
- Board of Trustees Procedures
- Conflict of Interest Statement
- Expected Qualifications and Responsibilities
- Former Trustees
- Board of Trustees Travel Schedule