The goal of the OpenStack Foundation is to serve developers, users, and the entire ecosystem by providing a set of shared resources to grow the footprint of public and private OpenStack clouds, enable technology vendors targeting the platform and assist developers in producing the best cloud software in the industry.
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Jonathan Bryce, who has spent his career building the cloud, is Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation. Previously he was a founder of The Rackspace Cloud.He started his career working as a web developer for Rackspace, and during his tenure, he and co-worker Todd Morey had a vision to build a sophisticated web hosting environment where users and businesses alike could turn to design, develop and deploy their ideal web site – all without being responsible for procuring the technology, installing it or making sure it is built to be always available. This vision became The Rackspace Cloud. Since then he has been a major driver of OpenStack, the open source cloud software initiative.
Mark has spent his career working on technologies that disrupt industries, from "a computer on every desk", when he worked at Dell in the 90's as a product manager, to the digital music shift as Senior Director of Business Development at Yahoo! Music, to the cloud computing era, where as VP of Business Development at Rackspace he led the effort to embrace an open source development model and build an ecosystem and community around it, resulting in the founding of OpenStack in 2010.
In 2012, he started the OpenStack Foundation, along with Jonathan Bryce, and now serves as it's Chief Operating Officer working full time on "Protecting, Empowering, and Promoting OpenStack and the community around it, including users, developers and the entire ecosystem."
Outside of OpenStack, he loves music, Austin, BBQ, wakeboarding on Lake Austin, and basketball (Rockets & Longhorns). He goes by "sparkycollier" on the inter webs, to honor his great dane sparky (R.I.P.)
Lauren is the Vice President of Marketing & Community Services for the OpenStack Foundation. She helped launch OpenStack in 2010, and has had the opportunity to help grow the community and OpenStack brand ever since. Lauren works with an amazing team of marketers and community managers at the Foundation to help coordinate and grow the OpenStack Summits, regional community events, marketing and user communities.
Lauren has more than eleven years experience in the technology industry, with a background in early stage companies, open source and enterprise software, and even industry events like SXSW Interactive. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, house projects, jogging Town Lake and trying to revive her golf game.
Heidi leads the foundation's efforts to grow and nurture a strong ecosystem around OpenStack.
Heidi has spent over 15 years in the technology world in leadership positions with companies in Silicon Valley and in Seattle including Netscape, Red Herring, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services. She originally launched her career in banking spending nine years with Drexel Burnham Lambert, Wells Fargo and Hambrecht & Quist before falling in love with cutting edge technology when her bank (H&Q) was taking Netscape public . She made the career leap to Netscape and tech and has never looked back! Her passions besides game changing technologies, are cycling, skiing, music and almost any sport that involves speed.
Todd Morey co-founded The Rackspace Cloud with Jonathan Bryce. In over a decade at Rackspace, Todd has provided design, strategy, and guidance towards the launch of several major Rackspace products, from the first customer portal to the current portfolio of Rackspace Cloud offerings. Todd currently works with the OpenStack Foundation as Creative Director. He also mentors students and web-based startups.
Wes Wilson is Lead Designer for the OpenStack Foundation. He has spent the past decade on the design side of web startups including founding Brandstack, graphic design marketplace, which was acquired in 2011. Wes’ endeavors have always hinged around entrepreneurship, whether it be working in his family’s construction business or lending capital as a commercial banker. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, traveling and spending time with his wife and three kids.
Jimmy McArthur comes to the OpenStack Foundation after 17 years working as a product and operations manager in web development and services. He has been working on OpenStack web properties since 2012 as a contractor. Coming on board the Foundation provides an opportunity to continue his focus on the big picture of data management, app development, and community-driven web tools. Jimmy is obsessive about end user experience and rapid-turn-around support. In his free time, he runs a coworking business in Austin, TX, cooks, and hangs with the family.
A long-time computer hobbyist and technology generalist, Jeremy's worked as a Unix and GNU/Linux sysadmin for more than two decades focusing on information security, Internet services and data center automation. He's a core member of the OpenStack project infrastructure team and serves on the vulnerability management team. In his spare time he writes free software, hacks on open hardware projects and embedded platforms, restores old video game systems and enjoys articles on math theory and cosmology
It all started as a volunteer sysadmin at Portland State University. Since then Clark has operated large network infrastructures, built radios for airplanes, and is now a core member of the OpenStack project infrastructure team. When not in front of a keyboard, Clark enjoys brewing beer and barbecuing brisket in his brother's back yard.
Being a contributing member of OpenStack since 2010, Mike Perez has served as a core developer for the OpenStack block storage project Cinder and as a PTL for the Kilo and Liberty releases. During some of this time, he worked for DreamHost in helping with their OpenStack public cloud, and helping with integrating a variety of block storage solutions like Ceph and Datera. Today he helps the OpenStack Foundation with seeing out the success of cross-project initiatives and the overall quality and health of the project and community.
When Mike is not testing your code patches, he can be found dancing, getting his hair done, stair climbing, and doing karaoke for your entertainment.
Heidi Joy is a Senior Marketing Manager for the OpenStack Foundation, based in Portland, Oregon. She joined the Foundation to focus on brand management, content marketing and growing our community of marketers. Previously, Heidi Joy was director of marketing communications for mobile software company Urban Airship, head of global communications for a commercial real estate firm, and a business journalist. Away from work, she writes books, craves French carbs, and builds epic forts with her kids in the living room.
Claire Massey is a Marketing Manager for the OpenStack Foundation. Her primary responsibility is to manage the twice-annual Summits, coordinate global events, as well as oversee social strategy and additional marketing communications. In past endeavors, she has specialized in the management of social media strategy for global brands, managed donor stewardship and grant writing for The University of Texas at Austin, and event planning for local non-profits and a state agency. In her free time, she enjoys pilates, traveling and ordering at restaurants rather than cooking.
Allison Price is a Marketing Coordinator for the OpenStack Foundation, where she manages the social media strategy and execution, online analytics and reporting. She also assists with additional marketing needs, including event planning support and website update coordination. Her past roles have specialized in social strategy and execution for both B2B and B2C global companies in the technology and consumer industries. In her spare time, she enjoys finding new hiking trails and sharing her love of Celine Dion with anyone and everyone who will listen.
Erin Disney works as a Marketing Manager for the OpenStack Foundation. Prior to joining, Erin ran events for W2O Group including CES, JPMorgan Healthcare, SXSW, and Social Media Week activations. She also has experience in digital marketing strategy, analytics, internal/external communications, and project management. Away from work she loves live music, stand up comedy, exploring Austin’s restaurant scene, and spoiling her Bengal cat Cloris Leachman.
Kendall Waters has joined the OpenStack Foundation as a Marketing Associate after completing a spring internship in 2015. She graduated from St. Edward s University in Austin, TX with a Bachelor s degree in Digital Media Management. She helps the marketing team organize and manage the twice-annual Summits. Her previous roles have specialized in social media management at local start-up companies in Austin. In her free time, she likes to ride her bike around town, attend music festivals, and spend time with her two cats.
David F. Flanders is a wrangler of communities for the OpenStack Foundation, specifically growing the application developer community and University sector engagements. Previously having worked in University datacentres and Entrepreneurial investment funds, Flanders loves the challenge of understanding how brilliant people come together as a community to shape the future of the information sector.
Flanders has two decades of working with Open communities in the USA, UK, EU and Australia (with an eye towards Asia). In his spare time, Flanders likes to play squash, surf, ski, skate and snorkel.
After learning about scalability in computing from particle physics experiments like ATLAS at the Large Hadron Collider, Tom led the creation of the NeCTAR Research Cloud - designed for the publicly-funded research sector in Australia. Part of a $47M government project, it currently serves more than 2500 researchers directly, and is expanding to a capacity of 30,000 cores over 8 sites distributed over every major city.
Following working as a cloud architecture consultant and team lead for several years, Tom is currently harnessing his passion for large scale distributed systems by focusing on their most important part: people. As Community Manager at the OpenStack Foundation it's his job to make the users and developers of OpenStack happy.
Mark Radcliffe is a senior partner who practices corporate securities and intellectual property at DLA Piper. DLA Piper has over 4200 lawyers in more than 30 countries and 65 cities. Mr. Radcliffe’s practice focuses on representing corporations in their intellectual property and finance matters. He has worked with many software companies, in particular open source companies and is Chair of the Open Source Industry Group at the firm. He assisted Sun Microsystems in open sourcing the Solaris operating system and drafting the CDDL. And he represents other large companies in their software licensing (and, in particular, open source matters) including eBay, Accenture, Adobe, Palm and Sony. He represents or has represented many software companies and particularly open source startups, such as SugarCRM (the first venture backed open source applications company), WSO2, Zimbra, DeviceVM, Revolution Analytic, Funambol and Reductive Labs, He represented Siemens Venture Capital in their investment in MontaVista Software, Inc and Hummer Winblad and Morganthaler in their investment in MuleSource. On a pro bono basis, he serves as outside General Counsel for the Open Source Initiative and on the Legal Committee of the Apache Software Foundation. He was the Chair of Committee C for the Free Software Foundation in reviewing GPLv3 and was the lead drafter for Project Harmony. And in 2012, he became outside general counsel of the Open Stack Foundation.
He has spoken on open source issues at the Open Source Business Conference, Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, American Corporate Counsel Association and O’Reilly Open Source Conference. In April 2009 (the first year of the award), he was recognized for his experience by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the world's Leading 250 IP Strategists. He has been recognized again in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 1997, the National Law Journal named him one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States.
Lisa Miller serves as legal counsel for the OpenStack Foundation. Lisa focuses her practice on providing quality legal services to corporate clients on transactional matters and general corporate maintenance including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, corporate and non-profit governance and contract negotiations.
Prior to forming the Law Office of Lisa S. Miller, Lisa was an associate attorney with the Corporate & Securities and Health Care sections of Jackson Walker, L.L.P. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is active her her hometown community of San Antonio, Texas. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law.
FNtech is the Foundation's events production partner working behind the scenes to produce our global OpenStack Summits. Based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, FNtech specializes in sponsor fulfillment, audio/video, lighting, staging and full-service production for corporate and live events.