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Individual Member Profile


Sean Roberts

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

Walmart Labs From 2016-01-25 (Current)
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
Statement of Interest

Collaboration and contribution




Sean manages the platform product and open source for Walmart. Walmart is making heavy investments in agile infrastructure. New network stacks, OpenStack infrastructure, OneOps platform orchestration, CI/CD pipelines, open source contributions, and many other important changes are being implemented. Sean is working on the evolution of a traditional brick and mortar retailer into a online retail competitor.

Sean has been involved with OpenStack for more than four 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 was formerly the Akanda and Training-Guides PTL. As well as a member of DefCore, Product, 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 five thousand plus 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 2016 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 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. 

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?

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. 

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

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. 

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

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