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Individual Member Profile


Sean Roberts

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

Akanda, Inc. From 2015-03-30 (Current)
VMware From 2014-08-08 To 2015-03-29
Yahoo! From 2010-02-20 To 2014-08-07
Statement of Interest

Collaboration and contribution




Sean Roberts is the VP of Development for Akanda. With a Bachelors Science degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University, he has over twenty years experience in the technology industry. Sean has worked at Yahoo, VMware, Stanford, and Genentech. 

Sean has been involved with OpenStack for three plus years, with over two years as an OpenStack Board Director. He has been elected three times to represent the OpenStack Foundation Gold Membership. Sean has also held the Chair of Finance and Tax Affairs committee positions, in addition to being a member of the DefCore and Gold Membership committees. 

Sean is also involved with OpenStack projects. He is the Training-Guides PTL, lead for the Trainers, Testing Standards, and Project working group, as well as a member of DefCore and Ambassador groups. The OpenStack Foundation has recognized Sean as an OpenStack Ambassador, which leads the OpenStack user groups worldwide. In his spare time, Sean leads the San Francisco OpenStack user group with over four thousand members. 

“I enjoy working with all the different people involved with OpenStack. There is constant state of optimism and a drive to improve. If I had to pick one thing that makes me feel renewed and happy about my work, it would be helping people to improve themselves. I always am humbled when I can help someone find a new job or gain a new skill. This is what keeps me going.”



Sean is a candidate in the 2015 Board Election .


What is your relationship to OpenStack, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to OpenStack's success to date?


I have a close relationship with OpenStack. I have been working within the OpenStack community for over three years, with over two years as an OpenStack Board Director. I have been leading projects and involved with many events and user group meetings.

OpenStack success means we all win, as software defined infrastructure creates new companies and jobs.

My primary OpenStack contribution to date has been working on the OpenStack Board of Directors. It is a critical part of keeping the community moving forward. Helping people develop new skills and find new jobs through the San Francisco OpenStack user group is a very close second.


Describe your experience with other non profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?


Serving on the OpenStack Board of Directors has been my only non-profit board member experience to date. I have strong relationships with other leaders from non-profits such as IEEE, OSI, ODL, Linux, and ONF. 

I have developed insight and patience over the past two years on the board. I always assume good intent. I listen much more than I speak. I pay close attention to what actions are taken. I take the time to work through contentious issues. Being an effective leader and director requires nuanced skills that take experience to develop. I believe strongly that my successful board leadership stems from working collaboratively while focusing on results. 


What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?


The OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors makes strategic decisions around legal, financial, and trademark issues. This allows the OpenStack Foundation staff and the OpenStack community to focus on creating and promoting the best OpenStack releases possible.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2014?


Improving OpenStack's branding and interoperability through DefCore and RefStack are critical to OpenStack's success in 2015. This will be a landmark achievement for our community. 

Sean has already been nominated by:

  • Simon Anderson
  • Patricia Dugan