John Mertic

Zowe Community,

As the vast majority of the Zowe Community is in favor of replacing the open seat on the ZLC, I'd like to formally open the nomination and election period. 

Based on the ZLC structure and processes ( see ), I'd like to propose the following schedule for the election:

TODAY: Call for Nominations, email all Zowe project committers
11/25: Nominations close, 11:59pm ET
11/27: Voting period opens, all current Zowe project committers vote, vote by electronic mail or CIVS as appropriate
12/4: Voting period ends, 11:59pm ET
12/6: Election results announced 

We have one nomination already received for Joe Winchester. If you would like to nominate someone else or nominate yourself, please email your name and rationale for serving on the ZLC to me by 11/25 at 11:59pm ET. Note that in order to serve on the ZLC, you must be a Zowe Committer.

Thank you,

John Mertic
Director of Program Management - Linux Foundation
ASWF, ODPi, and Open Mainframe Project
Schedule time with me at

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From: John Mertic <jmertic@...>
Date: Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: [zowe-user] Change in ZLC Composition
To: <zowe-user@...>
Cc: <zowe-zlc@...>, <zowe-dev@...>

Zowe Community,

First and foremost, I would personally like to thank Matt for his service on the ZLC. There has been amazing progress in year 1 of Zowe which Matt has spearheaded, and his leadership has set the tone for the way the community will continue to grow in years to come.

The ZLC had a discussion yesterday on next steps with backfilling this seat, in light of the ZLC structure and processes ( see ), and came up with two possible steps forward...

1) Immediately hold an election to backfill Matt's seat per the guidelines established ( ) with the term of this seat to be through the planned elections for the full ZLCin early January.
2) Start the process of the full ZLC re-election now, with the terms effective 1/1/2020 and the 1 year seats effective through 12/31/2020 and the 2 year seats effective through 12/31/2021.

The ZLC wanted community feedback on the way to proceed. Please share your preference on the approach on this thread. The ZLC would like to wrap up the discussion by the end of next week ( 11/15/2019 ) and then will discuss a plan for next steps at the subsequent ZLC meeting.

Let me know of any questions or concerns you might have.

Thank you,

John Mertic
Director of Program Management - Linux Foundation
ASWF, ODPi, and Open Mainframe Project
Schedule time with me at

On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 10:52 AM Matt Hogstrom <matt@...> wrote:

I have had a shift in responsibilities for my day job and as such have not been able to attend to Zowe as much as I think I should be commensurate with my responsibilities.  As such, I’m stepping down from the ZLC; but not from Zowe.

The momentum for what the community is creating is palpable.  Customers are now asking for it to do their own internal development, products are using it and we’ve made substantial progress over the past few years from incubator to open source to a critical part of product offerings and customer consumption.  I’m honored to work with giants such as yourself. 

One of the activities that needs to be done is to replace my seat on the ZLC.  For consideration, I’d like to nominate Joe Winchester for that role.  He is active in the community, driving critical work for packaging via CUPIDS and is the goto guy for so many things Zowe.

John Mertic will help to facilitate the process.

Again, thanks so much.  You are all fantastic to work alongside.

Matt Hogstrom
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