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The role of this election is to fill out the three (3) seats due for reelection this year on the Kubernetes Steering Committee. Each elected member will serve a two (2) year term.


This election will shape the future of Kubernetes as a community and project. While SIGs and WGs help shape the technical direction of the project, the Steering Committee Charter covers the health of the project and community as a whole. Some examples of responsibilities to consider as you are deciding whether to run or who to vote for:

  • Define, evolve, and defend the vision, values, mission, and scope of the project.
  • Define and evolve project governance structures and policies, including how contributors become committers/maintainers, approvers, reviewers, members, etc.
  • Charter and refine policy for defining new community groups (including Special Interest Groups, Working Groups, and Committees), and establish transparency and accountability policies for such groups

For more context, please see the current steering committee backlog or a previous governance meeting video which led to this whole process.


Please refer to the Steering Committee Election Charter for:


Date Event
August 21 Announcement of Election
September 14 Due by 11:59pm UTC: All candidate bios and voting exception forms due.
September 19 Election Begins
October 3 Election Closes
October 4 Announcement of Results at Community Meeting

Candidacy Process


If you want to stand for election, send an email to with the subject line "Steering Committee Nomination: Your Name (@yourgithub)".

If you want to nominate someone else, you may do so, but PLEASE talk to them first.

If you wish to accept a nomination from someone else, reply to the nomination email saying something like "I accept the nomination"


Once nominated, you must get the endorsement of three (3) different eligible voters from three (3) different employers. If you are eligible to vote yourself, you count as one of the three.

Eligible voters may endorse candidates of their choosing by replying to the candidate's nomination email saying something like "I endorse this nominee" or "+1".


Eligible candidates must submit a pull request with a biography in this directory with their platform and intent to run. This statement is limited to 300 words and must follow the format of Please refer to the 2017 candidate bios for examples.


Please refer to the Steering Committee Election Charter and understand that we care deeply about limiting corporate campaigning. The election officers and members of the steering committee pledge to recuse themselves from any form of electioneering.

You should be running as a "brand free" individual, based on your contribution to the project as a member of this community, outside of whatever corporate roles you may hold.

Voting Process

Elections will be held using time-limited Condorcet ranking on CIVS using the Schulze method. The top vote getters will be elected to the open seats.

Employer diversity is encouraged, and thus maximal representation will be enforced as spelled out in the Steering Committee Election Charter.

You will be ranking your choices of the candidates with an option for "no opinion". In the event of a tie, a coin will be flipped.

The election will open for voting on September 19, 2018 around 04:00pm UTC and end two weeks after on October 3, 2018 at 01:00am UTC. You will receive an email to the address on file at the start of the election from "Kubernetes (CIVS Poll Supervisor) <>, please whitelist if necessary. Detailed voting instructions will be addressed in email and the CIVS polling page.


The Steering Committee has selected the following people as election officers:

  • Paris Pittman, @parispittman, Google
  • Ihor Dvoretskyi, @idvoretskyi, CNCF
  • Jorge Castro, @castrojo, Heptio

Please direct any questions via email to


The newly elected body will be announced in the weekly Kubernetes Community Meeting on October 4, 2018.

Following the meeting, the raw voting results and winners will be published on the Kubernetes Blog

For more information, definitions, and/or detailed election process, please refer to the Steering Committee Election Charter


Name Organization/Company GitHub
Aaron Crickenberger Google @spiffxp
Quinton Hoole Huawei @quinton-hoole
Stephen Augustus Red Hat @justaugustus
Tim Pepper VMware @tpepper
Nikhita Raghunath Independent @nikhita
Davanum Srinivas Huawei @dims
Kris Nova Heptio @kris-nova
Timothy St. Clair Heptio @timothysc
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