Diversity Equity + Inclusion Committee

About the DEI Committee

The Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) is designed to support, engage and encourage diversity and acceptance within the greater NANOG community. The key to building the "Internet of tomorrow" is ensuring that everyone is welcome, included, and represented. NANOG has committed itself to improve DEI efforts within our community, but such desires are hollow if not supported by strategic and consistent efforts. Changing the status quo is only met by intention, not by accident.

Diversity is strongly associated with racial diversity and that is just one dimension. When NANOG speaks of diversity we speak of diversity in race, gender, language, religion, geographical location, social roles, sexual orientation, education, skills, income, brain function, manners, culture, and countless other domains. At NANOG we strive to create an inclusive culture that ensures all people feel respected and valued for who they are as an individual or group.

Our Definitions of DEI

Diversity Equity Inclusion
The practice and quality of including and involving different intersectionall perspectives including different visible and nonvisible identities (such as culture,skin tone, heritage, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age/generation, socio-economic class, ability, religion, language, immigration status, and veteran status) to ensure multiple perspectives are represented. Recognizing past exclusion and working to achieve general inclusion for everyone by offering opportunities by ensuring policies, systems, processes, and practices so all feel validated and have opportunities to be successful. Intentional, ongoing effort to ensure every individual and all their identities feels, safe, welcomed, valued, so they can fully participate, are listened to and respected in all aspects of organizational work.


The Committee has the following responsibilities:

  • Develop a strategic vision for NANOG's DEI initiatives for board approval.
  • Determine essential diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and actionable steps to achieve them.
  • Help institutionalize policies that support DEI initiatives for our Community.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of ongoing efforts and suggest how to improve them.
  • Collaborate with existing NANOG Committees to support their DEI initiatives.
  • Support and manage the Women in Tech programs.
  • Identify and recruit speakers with industry diversity for NANOG conferences and events.
  • Work with NANOG's ombuds to incorporate their feedback observations into strategic direction or policies for board consideration.
  • Cultivate and encourage diverse candidates to run for NANOG committees and board seats.
  • Ensure that all DEI efforts adhere to the NANOG Code of Conduct.
  • Provide quarterly reports regarding DEI efforts to the Board and our Community.

Current Diversity Equity + Inclusion Committee Members

Position Name Term Ends
Chair Amazon Web Services 2024
Member Evan Breznyik Disney 2024
Member NetActuate, Inc 2024
Member Stephen Hartman Uniti 2024
Member Marcus Holt JMF Solutions 2024
Member ISC 2024
Member Louie Lee Google Fiber 2024
Member Amazon Web Services 2024
Member Giulia Reading IPv4.Global 2024
Member Alejandro Silvestre Telecom Argentina USA, Inc. 2024
Member Amazon Web Services 2024
Member Akeyla Wallace IPv4.Global 2024
Member Amazon Web Services 2024


Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions for the committee, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.