Wood, Alison

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Affiliation: State of Oregon

Nomination Committee Evaluation: Well Qualified

Candidate Speech

Nominee Questionnaire

1. Public Contact Information

a) Please provide one URL to an online location (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) where community members can dialogue with you. [Optional.]


b) Please identify your organizational affiliations. Note that Advisory Council (AC) members serve as individuals required to take ARIN’s best interests into account—not those of organizations with which they are affiliated.

  • State of Oregon,
  • United States Track and Field Association,
  • Industry Network Technology Council

2. Relevant Biography

a) Please refer to the ARIN Advisory Council Guidance to the 2022 Nomination Committee in answering this question:

i) Please describe your relevant professional experience and expertise and explain how this background will make you an effective AC member.

Hello!  My name is Alison Wood and I am a network architect for the State of Oregon.  I am part of a team that serves the people of Oregon with 40,000 end users spread over 500 remote sites within Oregon.  As an architect, I wear many hats.  My responsibilities include developing, building, maintaining and monitoring our WAN, MAN and LAN infrastructure.  The State has several class B and C subnets and I am responsible for maintaining that space with ARIN.  I also work with our partners, communities and other municipalities on implementing ipv6 in their networks.

My daily duties include working with highly technical teams as well as interpreting highly technical information into business relevant digestible data that can be understood from many perspectives.  Communication is an integral part of my job with the state, whether that is presenting to large audiences or breaking down the complexities of internet traffic to a management team.  Listening to the ideas, concerns and questions of my peers and being able to speak technically or generally is a skill that I have focused on over my career.  As an AC member, this skill set has served me well.  ARIN AC members meet with members of the community to answer questions, to explain the policy development process, to assist the community in bringing their ideas to submitted draft policies and to shepherd policies through the process.  Being an approachable member of the advisory council combined with my experience communicating both technically and generally allows me to assist our ARIN community in many ways.

ii) Attach a resume, curriculum vitae, or other biography highlighting your experience most relevant to the duties of the AC.


iii) You may also optionally include additional web links to external websites (e.g., social media), though not as a substitute for your biography.

None provided

b) The role of the Advisory Council is to advise the Board of Trustees on Internet number resource policy and related matters. Describe a similar experience you have had in such an advisory role.

I am a member of the Advisory Council for the Industry Network Technology Council.  The mission of this group is to focus on the protocols and applications to promote education and collaboration on current and evolving Internet Standards in a vendor-neutral environment.  Recently the federal government announced that it will be mandating an exclusive ipv6 network by 2025.   It has been my responsibility to present use cases to the board, with directives in enterprise training, white papers and communication; both to the board and to affected municipalities.  It is my goal that we will be able to assist states with the transition to ipv6 on a rapid timeframe.

3. Eligibilty

a) Please disclose any conflicts of interest you may have, real or perceived, that would impact your ability to perform your duty as a member of ARIN’s Advisory Council. How do you propose to resolve any such conflicts?

I have no conflicts of interest.

b) Are you currently eligible to serve on the Advisory Council according to the Conflicts of Interest Policy?


c) If not currently eligible, how will you become eligible to serve if elected (i.e. “If elected, I will resign from the position of ________ before 31 Dec 2022”). If not applicable, simply enter “N/A”.


d) Describe any limitations on your ability to: attend AC and Public Policy Meetings in person; or serve all of the elected term.

No limitations.

4. Nominee Information

a) Have you attended ARIN meetings or otherwise participated in ARIN activities in the past? What did you find the most rewarding from those meetings or activities? What suggestions for improvement do you have?

I have participated in ARIN meeting in person and remotely for approximately 10 years.  I find the lunch time table topics most rewarding.  I appreciate the extended clarification of different topics within the community as well as the relaxed setting where topics can be discussed with other members of the community.  I would like to see additional technical sessions at the meetings.

b) What areas of Internet number resource policy, if any, need more attention by ARIN; why?

I believe that there is confusion in the community regarding ipv6 space and how much space is truly needed.  I would like to see clarification in policy regarding initial block size justification.  However, I think ARIN has done an amazing job simplifying the process and I love the document that explains how to get ipv6 space in 5 easy steps!

c) In what ways could the AC’s role managing ARIN’s Internet number resource policy be improved, if any?

This is a hard question to answer as a current AC member.  I have found that our three working groups have accomplished so much in improving the AC’s roles regarding number resource policy and their work continues, the NRPM is being updated, the Policy Experience Reports are being addressed after each meeting and the Policy Development Group has been submitting policies.

d) What are your thoughts on the rights and responsibilities of legacy IP address holders?

I believe that legacy holders have the same rights as all members of the community.  I also believe that legacy holders have the same responsibility as general members to update their contacts, stay current with their information and to investigate if an LRSA is the best course of action for them.

e) What are your thoughts on needs-based justification for the receipt of IP addresses?

Needs based justification is necessary for both ipv4 and v6 space, although for different reasons.   Obviously, the free pool has been depleted and while for example, ARIN can offer a /22 to a new ISP on the waitlist justifications for space are necessary to prevent hoarding and fraudulent misuse.  IPv6 is a bit different in needs-based as the offerings are much larger and the design of ipv6 is to prevent the same type of runout that we had with v4.   I believe ipv6 needs to managed resourcefully and avoid unnecessary or wasteful practices.

8 responses

  1. Christian Tacit

    I have worked with Alison on the AC for a few terms. Her enthusiasm about her role on the AC and its role in policy development is infectious. She is very technically knowledgeable and strives to do her utmost to serve the best interests of the community as a whole. She is also insightful and very collaborative. I endorse her candidacy!

  2. Chris Woodfield

    I’ve worked very closely with Alison during our respective tenures on the Advisory Council, collaborating on numerous policy proposals, both in an authorship role and as co-shepherds. She holds a deep understanding of the ins and outs of the NRPM, brings excellent insights and ideas to the table, and has always been a reliable resource and a dependable voice. I fully support her re-election to the AC.

  3. Bill Sandiford

    Alison has been a valuable member of the Advisory Council for a number of years. She is hard working and diligent with her duties. Additionally, she is the quintessential team member, a beaming light of collegiality, and beyond worthy of re-election.

    I strongly encourage you to vote for Alison Wood for the Advisory Council.

  4. Alison has been an on-going supporter of the ARIN community for quite some time. She is hard working and a great shepherd of ARIN policy. I support her re-election to the ARIN AC.

  5. Amy Potter

    I’ve worked with Alison on the AC for several years now. She is enthusiastic, engaged, and always interested in what is best for the community. Voting for her re-election is one of the best things you can do with your day.

  6. Tina Morris

    Alison has always inspired me with her enthusiasm and passion for her role on the Advisory Committee. She puts the needs of the ARIN Community above all else when making decisions and has the technical knowledge to ground the AC when deciding if a policy is sound. Please re-elect Alison; the community needs her.

  7. Cathy Aronson

    Alison has been an active member of the Advisory Council. She has great insight and works hard on behalf of the community. I support her re-election!

  8. Kerrie Richards

    I have had the pleasure of co-shepherding with Alison in the past. In fact we are co-shepherds on a current policy. I have learned so much from her as a peer. She is beyond qualified and possess skills that make her and well rounded AC member. I support her nomination without reservation.

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