BL: The governing structure works, but not well. Ideally, the USCF would not have the Delegates as the board of directors, especially with the full board, as it were, meeting only once a year. I would favor a board of 10 to 14 members serving much as boards do in other non-profit organization.
I would also have a very clear ethics/conflicts of interest policy that each board member would be required to sign yearly.
Many of these issues and possible solutions can be found at http://www.betteruscf.org/
EV: If you were going to make cuts in the USCF budget, where would they come from?
EV: Which other person do you tend to agree with most frequently in USCF politics?
BL: Probably Joe Lux and Wayne Praeder. But, agreement isn’t really the most important issue. Listening, actively listening, to others with differing opinions is more important. Listening, followed by honest, transparent consensus building should be the default decision-making process for all board members.
EV: Do you think it's a conflict of interest for Bill Goichburg to be President of the CCA and of the Executive Board? If so, do you think it’s also a problem? If not, why?
BL: First of all, I do like to play chess and do so over the board every week. I am not driven to play rated chess as much as I am playing with challenging players in G60+ games. I’m also interested in correspondence chess and am captaining a team, the New England Blizzard, in a team server tournament being run by CCLA.
Organizationally, I have started and run an elementary school chess program at my daughter’s school (photos below) and I am active in the Massachusetts Chess Association, particularly distributing free chess sets to school and community organizations.
I would be very much interested in doing fund raising and assisting with grant writing for the organization. I have some expertise in that area having taught grant writing on the graduate level in the Masters of Public Administration program at American International College in Springfield, MA.
I would like to see the educational abilities of the organization enhanced to provide ever increasing resources to all areas of the chess community, especially scholastic, prison and community based chess programs.
EV: What 2 or 3 initiatives would you try to implement if you were elected?
2. I would seek sponsorship to create a Chess Training Center where our top junior players could spend time (summers and school vacations) studying with paid trainers in an environment that would include chess, cultural enhancement (the arts, performing and study opportunity) and just plain fun.
EV: If you could change one USCF rule, policy, or procedure, what would it be?
EV: What does the USCF do best and what is it worst at?
BL: Best: ratings, tournament support, scholastic support.
EV: How much work do EB members do in a typical week and what does it consist of?
2. The desire and ability to set reasonable goals in concert with others;
3. The ability to work toward goals through a consensus approach;
4. The ability to admit mistakes and seek solutions.
5. The ability to laugh at oneself.
Just a note about these interviews: I am happy to do one for any* EB candidate. Email me if interested.
*who is unambiguously against both rape and child prostitution