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Sean Roberts


Date Joined
July 19, 2012

Affiliations
Akanda, Inc. From 2015-03-30 To 2015-10-02
VMware From 2014-08-08 To 2015-03-29
Yahoo! From 2010-02-20 To 2014-08-07
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Bio
I have been involved with OpenStack for four plus years, with over two years as an OpenStack Board Director. I have been elected three times to represent the OpenStack Foundation Gold Membership. I have also held the Chair of Finance and Tax Affairs committee positions, in addition to being a member of the DefCore and Gold Membership committees.
 
We have accomplished much as a community over the past four years. There are still some important challenges ahead that need close attention in 2016. I will continue to work with the Foundation staff, the Product working group, and others to meet these challenges. We welcome your help. Here are four important OpenStack objectives that I believe the board and community support is needed for success:
  1. Defining What Openstack Is: Big tent has opened up OpenStack for everyone and everything. Tagging is being developed, but isn't ready for prime time. We need to define what is means to be OpenStack. And quickly. 
  2. OpenStack Feature Lifecycle: From DefCore to the Product working group, much progress has been made on defining the very stable and the very early features. We need to double down on the in-between. The Cross-Project and Stable Release teams are important starts. We need to have a strategy for the entire lifecycle of features. 
  3. Full-throated support of the OpenStack user groups through sponsorship, speakers, and increased administrative tools.  
  4. Creating a pipeline of new OpenStack developers through internships, universities, training, and user groups. 
I ask for your vote for the OpenStack Board of Directors to help us accomplish these goals. 

 

 

Sean is a candidate in the 2016 Board Election .


Q

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?

A
I joined OpenStack to make Yahoo infrastructure more efficient four years ago. I helped write the OpenStack Foundation bylaws. I governed as a Board Director, Commitee Chairman, and as a PTL. I have been running an user group for a few years. I am most proud of the work on DefCore and the Product working group. 
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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?

A
I have been serving as an OpenStack user group organizer for three years over hundreds of events. I enjoy working with all the different people. People show up wanting to learn and improve themselves. Sometimes I can help someone find a new job or gain a new skill, which is extremely satisfying. This experience has helped me understand how rewarding serving others can be. 
 
I will continue to bring the desire to serve others while serving on the OpenStack board. 
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What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?

A
Improving the governance strategy and finding the resources to make it happen. That also means listening and working patiently with the committees and working groups. 
Q

What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2016?

A
Defining What Openstack Is: Big tent has opened up OpenStack for everyone and everything. Tagging is being developed, but isn't ready for prime time. We need to define what is means to be OpenStack. And quickly. 

Sean has already been nominated by:

  • Sean Roberts
  • Stefano Maffulli
  • josh sanderson
  • Rob Hirschfeld
  • Jack Mac
  • Simon Anderson
  • Shamail Tahir
  • anni lai
  • Syed Armani
  • Edgar Magana