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Sawyer, Leif

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Affiliation: GCI Communication Corp.

Nominee Classification: Qualified

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.

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2. Relevant Biography

a) Please refer to the ARIN Advisory Council Guidance to the 2023 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.

I have been working as a network engineer for the majority of my nearly 30 years continued employment at GCI Communication Corp.  My areas of focus include IPv4 and IPv6 management and deployment strategy, network  architecture, VOIP infrastructure, and network management automation.  Other roles at GCI include systems engineering and security architecture.  Prior to GCI, I worked for the University of Alaska Anchorage and as an independent contractor in the telecommunications industry.

ii) Attach a resume, curriculum vitae, or other biography highlighting your experience most relevant to the duties of the AC. Do not include your home address or personal contact information on the resume, as it will be made public as part of the election material.


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

No Response

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.

Having been on the ARIN AC for multiple terms I believe fulfills this requirement.

3. Eligibility

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 do not believe I have any 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 2023”). 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.

As in prior years, I have no limitations that would limit my ability to attend meetings and serve a complete term.

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 attended every ARIN meeting since my election in 2014, as well as a number of them prior.   The most positive growth I’ve seen over time is how the newcomers and fellowship programs have grown up and provided a steady influx of well informed and excited participants.

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

The NRPM working group has been tasked with the most important:  keeping it relevant and easy to understand.  Their continuing efforts will take time, but it is essential for our future resource holders.

c) Aside from the professional experience and expertise detailed above, describe any other specific skills, background, and/or areas of expertise you believe will assist the Advisory Council in carrying out its duties.

A long career in the Theatre Arts as a performer provides me with solid presentation and speaking skills, as well as other  language skills in reading, writing, and editing.  Soft skills in production, direction, and management have also been useful as both vice-chair, and chair of the AC.

8 responses

  1. Leif continues to be a friendly, visible, and approachable member of the AC.

  2. Christian Tacit

    Leif has been a very good chair for the AC, who only gets better with the passage of time. He discharges his duties with thoughtfulness, consideration and regard for this fellow AC members and the ARIN Community. I heartily support his re-election.

  3. Brian Jones

    I have served with Leif on the ARIN Advisory Council. He is an exceptional team oriented member and leader who actively participates as the ARIN-AC Chair and provides valuable guidance to the team. Leif is a great leader on and off the field. His council is one of the main reasons I decided to run for a full length term on the Advisory Council. He is a terrific candidate for the ARIN Advisory Council who is intimately familiar with the policy development process.

  4. Andrew Dul

    Leif has been a consistent contributor to the ARIN AC and as the current chair of the AC has had a steady hand in guiding the group through the challenging times of the past few years. I support Leif’s reelection to the ARIN AC.

  5. Anita Nikolich

    Leif is a wealth of knowledge on ARIN Advisory Council processes and historical information about decision making. He is exceptionally well organized as the current chair of the AC and works well with everyone. He consistently looks out for the entire community as a neutral voice.

  6. Matthew Wilder

    Leif brings a great deal of value to the Advisory Council. His inclusive leadership style is a great model for how the AC ought to engage with the community, considering the diverse voices and opinions of the community. I have learned a great deal from Leif, and hope that I can continue to benefit from his presence on the AC. I would encourage all voting members to vote for Leif.

  7. In my first year on the AC, Leif has been an invaluable resource to help me get acquainted with how the Advisory Council works and its process. He has deep knowledge of number policy and brings his own joy and enthusiasm to the process, which I admire. I encourage you to submit a vote for Leif in the upcoming election.

  8. Alison Wood

    Leif continues to be an incredible leader and chair of the advisory council. Leif consistently leads the council, keeps the concerns of the community forefront and has shown excellent work ethic and extreme care for ARIN. I encourage you to vote for Leif in the upcoming election.

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