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Individual Member Profile


Mark McClain

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

Akanda, Inc. From 2014-12-01 (Current)
Yahoo! From 2014-01-13 To 2014-11-21
DreamHost From 2012-02-13 To 2014-01-10
Statement of Interest

Interested in collaborative open development centered around Neutron.




Mark McClain is the Chief Technical Officer of Akanda Inc, a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee and a core reviewer for several teams (Neutron, Requirements and Stable).  Mark was the Program Technical Lead for the OpenStack Networking during the Havana and Icehouse cycles. In addition to his technical work, Mark is co-organizer of the Atlanta OpenStack Meetup group and frequent speaker on OpenStack. Formerly of DreamHost and Yahoo!, he has 14 years of software development experience.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Quantum,Openstack-ci


Mark 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 began working within the OpenStack community during the Essex cycle and since that time I have served the community in many ways.  I've served the community as developer, operator, stable maintainer, core reviewer, PTL, Technical Committee member and member of the OpenStack Board.  OpenStack's success is important to me as an operator and ecosystem partner since an innovative and virbrant community creates a solid foundation for transformative applications.

My biggest contribution to OpenStack's success has been equally split between my technical and community contributions.  On the technical side, I have lead the development of several core Neutron components and made code contributions to many other integrated projects as well.  My community contributions include initatives designed to improve the operator experience by initiating 3rd party testing requirements in Neutron, faciliating a joint QA/Neutron sprint focused on testing and stablitiy and working to close the Nova/Neutron parity gap.


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 served on the Openstack board as Yahoo's representative during latet part of 2014. My participation on the board has prepared me to serve as an Individual director during 2015.  I am deeply familiar with the current board items as well as the long term issues the board must consider in the future. I have also served on the board of other non-profits prior to serving on the OpenStack board and understand the impact of the board to organizational success.


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


I see the OpenStack Board contributing to success by working to promote our global community of developers, operators, users, and vendors.  The board should support foundation staff by providing advisement, deeping the engagement of community members and promoting growth in new areas.


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


The top priority for 2015 should be to provide the resources and faciliiate the global growth of OpenStack.

Mark has already been nominated by:

  • Simon Anderson
  • Kyle Mestery
  • Chet Burgess
  • Joe Gordon
  • Salvatore Orlando
  • Russell Bryant
  • Aaron Rosen
  • Edgar Magana
  • Trinath Somanchi
  • Thierry Carrez