OWASP appoints Jason C. McDonald as Director of Community Development


Andrew van der Stock

Monday, February 12, 2024

Colorado Springs, February 12th 2024 /PRNewsWire/ - The OWASP Foundation, Inc. is excited to announce the appointment of Jason C. McDonald to the position of Director of Community Development. Jason’s responsibilities will include fundraising, grant writing for projects, and community liaison with our tens of thousands of community participants, developers, and external development organizations. He starts on February 12th, 2024.

“Jason’s appointment could not come at a better time for OWASP. I’m excited to have a Director of Community Development with a highly technical and development community background to work with our community, to improve the state of funding for projects and outreach to developers and development organizations.” says Andrew van der Stock, Executive Director of the OWASP Foundation.

The Director of Community Development will:

  • Publish and maintain a community plan that should include its prioritized flagship and production project initiatives, along with a suitable funding plan to support them.
  • Working with flagship and production project leaders to identify fundable project packages, and then seeking funds for the packages via grants and fundraising
  • Active community management, such as actively monitoring Slack and working with external development organizations to bring in much needed support and talent.

“I am thrilled that we were able to get Jason to come aboard! We have been sorely needing someone talented like this to invest in growing and strengthening our global community, including improving our communications and raising additional funds to further reach our mission. This is a big step for us, demonstrating the Board’s commitment to our members, our leaders, and our projects, as well as doubling down on our efforts to empower as many developers as possible. ”, says Avi Douglen, Chair of the OWASP Foundation Board of Directors.

About Jason C. McDonald

Jason C. McDonald

Jason C. McDonald’s passion for communication permeates everything he does. As a speaker, a mentor, and the author of “Dead Simple Python”, as well as various fiction novels, he lives to encourage and empower others to reach their full potential. He draws from over a decade of experience as a software engineer and manager to bring calm to chaos. Outside of work, he can often be found clattering away on his typewriter in one of his favorite local coffee shops. Otherwise, he’s probably out gardening, walking his dogs, and just enjoying being at home in Minnesota.