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Individual Member Profile


Richard Fontana

Date Joined
August 01, 2012

Hewlett-Packard From 2014-09-02 (Current)
Red Hat, Inc. From 2008-02-25 To 2014-08-25
Statement of Interest

I am a lawyer in the Cloud and Open Source group at HP, with special responsibility for open source strategy and counseling Cloud BU engineering, and as such a significant amount of my work relates directly and indirectly to OpenStack. I was previously a lawyer at Red Hat where I advised developers on matters relating to OpenStack and represented Red Hat on the OpenStack Foundation Legal Affairs Committee. I am generally interested in promoting the success of OpenStack as a meritocratic open source community project. In 2012 I served on the drafting committee for the OpenStack Foundation governance documents on behalf of Red Hat.




Richard Fontana is Senior Director and Associate General Counsel on the Cloud & Open Source legal team at HP. His legal role at HP encompasses open source strategy as well as support for HP's cloud engineering organization. Prior to joining HP in 2014, Richard was at Red Hat (2008-2014), where he was Red Hat's lead open source counsel and supported Red Hat Engineering and the CTO's office. Richard represented Red Hat on the committee that drafted the original bylaws of the OpenStack Foundation and has served on the OpenStack Foundation Legal Affairs Committee both while at Red Hat and now at HP.

For several years Richard has been an influential speaker and thought leader on issues lying at the intersection of open source, law and policy. He is a Board Director of the Open Source Initiative, the first OSI board member to be elected by the OSI's individual




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