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Individual Member Profile


Tobias Ford

Date Joined
July 30, 2012

AT&T From 2006-10-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Manage a team that a) supports a large and distributed deployment of OpenStack at AT&T and b) actively contributes code




As the AVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture & Strategy for AT&T, Toby Ford leads technology efforts around AT&T's cloud offerings both internally and externally focused. Currently, Mr. Ford is responsible for shepherding SDN and NFV projects on to AT&T’s Common Cloud platform. Toby served as CTO for USi, which was acquired by AT&T in 2006. Previously, Mr. Ford held positions at Cornell University, ARINC, TeleCommunication Systems, and his own company in the Netherlands. Toby is also a member of the OpenStack Board of Directors.  




Tobias 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've been a board member of the OpenStack Foundation since it's inception and have been the architect of AT&T's use of OpenStack within our internal cloud environments. Biggest contribution to date is supporting a rich set of OpenStack oriented vendors in our work at AT&T.


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 on the board of the Annapolis Boys and Girls Club. This experience was helpful in understanding the basics of being on a board. My experience being on the OpenStack board has been far more educational though.


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


In my view, the Board's role is to help continue the growth of OpenStack, promote it broadly, provide help and mentorship to the leadership of the Foundation, to ensure the financial, legal and product strategy aspects are well cared for, and to support the TC and the community as much as is possible.


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


I believe the top priority of the Board in 2015 is to ensure OpenStack is able to scale to the next level.. especially in terms of overall strategy and getting the PTLs help.

Tobias has already been nominated by:

  • Francesco Paola
  • Robert Esker
  • Chris Kemp
  • Mark Collier
  • Tristan Goode