Candidates for the Coordinating Council positions are listed alphabetically. 4 candidates nominated themselves in the election for 4 positions. The incoming Council members are: Dietrich Ayala, Emanuel Costache, Jim Blandy, Sam Balter. (To see the 6 candidates for the 1 Main Community Organizer position, then to vote, click here.)

Click to view: Dietrich Ayala, Emanuel Costache, Jim Blandy, Sam Balter

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Name: Dietrich Ayala

Candidate for: Coordinating Council members (4 positions)

Email: autonome@gmail.com

What qualifies you for this position?

I am a serial coworker, working in shared spaces for many years. I have led projects and managed groups of people. I have helped groups build consensus and achieve their goals. I have no other unique qualifications.

What is your greatest contribution or strength that you will bring to “Collective Agency”?

I have many years of experience managing groups and projects. For CA specifically, I can help the coordinating council to ensure it knows the needs of the members and that it’s clearly communicating with them.

What else?

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What other contact information, if any, would you like voters to have?

Twitter: dietrich

Blog: http://autonome.wordpress.com

Why do you want this position?

I want to help the space meet the needs of its members.

Click to view: Dietrich Ayala, Emanuel Costache, Jim Blandy, Sam Balter

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Name: Emanuel Costache

Candidate for: Coordinating Council members (4 positions)

Email: ecostache@gmail.com

What qualifies you for this position?

I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the Coordinating Council since December, re-shaping and re-thinking our policies from the ground up in order to ensure the long-term financial stability of our beloved coworking space while fostering the growth of a budding community.

What is your greatest contribution or strength that you will bring to “Collective Agency”?

In addition to six months of experience on the Council, I’ve been developing sustainable models for organizations and cooperatives for nearly a decade.

What else?

When I joined the Council six months ago, it was my goal to meet all the lovely people who share our space. I haven’t even come close. And I would cherish the opportunity to try and try again.

What other contact information, if any, would you like voters to have?

Twitter: @ecostache

Why do you want this position?

As Collective Agency enters its sophomore year, we will be greeted by a host of new and interesting problems. Happily assured of our ability to survive the dark/cold/rainy months of fiscal minimalism, we’ll tackle new policy challenges, like scaling to capacity for both members and meetings, as we strive to build a lasting, meaningful, and friendly community. Different from our start-up issues, these new challenges are, to me, an opportunity to do real, permanent good in building a community we can be proud of.

Click to view: Dietrich Ayala, Emanuel Costache, Jim Blandy, Sam Balter

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Name: Jim Blandy

Candidate for: Coordinating Council members (4 positions)

Email: jimb@red-bean.com

What qualifies you for this position?

I’ve worked as a co-op treasurer and computer coordinator for OSCA, the Oberlin (College) Students’ Co-operative Association, and I ran a small consulting business called Cyclic Software. I’ve participated in Free/open source software development communities since 1990.

What is your greatest contribution or strength that you will bring to “Collective Agency”?

I hope my experience with co-operatives, Free/open source communities, and business will be valuable.

What else?

At present I work for Mozilla; since Mozilla has a lot of people working at Collective Agency, we should step up and take some responsibility for keeping it healthy.

 What other contact information, if any, would you like voters to have?

+1 812 345 9402

Why do you want this position?

From the beginning, Collective Agency has struck me as a kind-hearted place, with an unusual appreciation for what makes people feel welcome and comfortable. Such places are fragile; their health depends on the care of the people who enjoy them. I’d like to help out with that.

Click to view: Dietrich Ayala, Emanuel Costache, Jim Blandy, Sam Balter

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Name: Sam Balter

Candidate for: Coordinating Council members (4 positions)

Email: sambalter@gmail.com

What qualifies you for this position?

I have been working at a start-up as a research analyst for the last two years and have experience in business development.

Also, I have been a member of the coordinating council since its inception and have been involved with the issues surrounding the Collective Agency

What is your greatest contribution or strength that you will bring to “Collective Agency”?

My best strength is that I am a relatively rational and level headed thinker who can take a step back from issues to come up with logical solutions.

Research, analysis, and an understanding of basic cogs of a start-up will allow me to contribute a opinion that is different from other members of the Coordinating Council.

What else?

I like to run, cook, garden and generally stay active. I hope that as a member of the Coordinating Council I can bring out new ways for the Collective Agency to provide services, not just to its own members, but the Portland Community as a whole while fostering a community that makes the Collective Agency more then just another co-op work space.

What other contact information, if any, would you like voters to have?

My phone number is 503-310-2076

Why do you want this position?

I have really enjoyed my work on the coordinating council and would like to continue providing an outside perspective to all of the issues that Collective Agency encounters. I would like to continue in this position because it feels great to work to enhance a productive and thoughtful community.

Click to view: Dietrich Ayala, Emanuel Costache, Jim Blandy, Sam Balter

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To see the 6 candidates for the 1 Main Community Organizer position, then to vote, click here.

Written by Alex Linsker