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 Sell is the Vice President, Marketing and Community Services for the OpenStack Foundation. She helped launch OpenStack in 2010 and has since focused on building the brand and global community around one of the largest and most successful open source projects to date. She is passionate about the community and has been working closely with OpenStack users, technical contributors and marketers to bring the OpenStack story to life and drive global adoption. Lauren has been marketing in the technology industry for more than twelve years, with a background in early stage companies, open source and enterprise software, as well as industry events like SXSW Interactive.
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.
Thierry Carrez is the Director of Engineering at the OpenStack Foundation, helping ensure the long-term health of the OpenStack upstream open source project. He has been the Release Manager for the OpenStack project since its inception, coordinating the effort and facilitating collaboration between contributors. He is the elected chair of the OpenStack Technical Committee, which is in charge of the technical direction of the project.
Thierry spoke about OpenStack, open innovation and open source project management at various conferences around the world, including OSCON, LinuxCon, and FOSDEM. A Python Software Foundation fellow, he was previously the Technical lead for Ubuntu Server at Canonical, an operational manager for the Gentoo Linux Security Team, and an IT manager in various companies.
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.
Chris Hoge is the Interop Engineer for the OpenStack Foundation. Previously he worked as an OpenStack community manager and developer at Puppet Labs and operated a research cloud for the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Oregon. When not obsessing over the present and future of cloud computing he enjoys long-distance running, swing dancing, and throwing a ball for his endlessly energetic Border Collie.
Danny is the Ecosystem Manager for the OpenStack Foundation, based in Dallas, TX. He attended The University of Texas at San Antonio and spent close to seven years at Rackspace where he held Support, Business Development and Marketing roles. He has joined the Foundation team to focus on nurturing the OpenStack partner ecosystem, assist with on boarding new sponsors and building relationships with community members. He’s known to be a prolific coffee drinker and keeps up to date with the latest tunes. In his spare time, he enjoys music festivals, a good workout, riding his fixie, carne asada tacos and SF Giants baseball.
Ildikó started her journey with virtualization during the university years and has been in connection with this technology different ways since then. She started her career at a small research and development company in Budapest, where she was focusing on areas like system management and business process modelling and optimization. Ildikó got in touch with OpenStack when she started to work in the cloud project at Ericsson in 2013. She is a member of the Ceilometer and Aodh core teams and she drives NFV related feature development activities in projects like Nova and Cinder. Beyond code and documentation contributions she is also very passionate about on boarding and training activities, which is one of her focus areas within the OpenStack Foundation.
When she is not a workaholic she’s baking, reading, doing workouts and likes fine arts.
Claire Massey is a Senior Marketing Manager for the OpenStack Foundation. She leads the events team at the Foundation with the primary responsibility of managing the twice-annual Summits. She also oversees global events including OpenStack Days, hackathons, technical events and the Foundation's presence at industry events. 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 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 Manager for the OpenStack Foundation, where she manages the social media strategy and execution, case study development and content campaigns. She also helps manage the Superuser online publication and extensions, including Superuser TV, the Superuser Awards and the print publication for the Summits. 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 with 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.
Anne Bertucio is a Marketing Coordinator for the OpenStack Foundation, where she supports the content marketing team. She helps evangelize OpenStack and shares user studies, OpenStack updates and stories about the Foundation’s work in Superuser and through social media. She also manages OpenStack's online analytics reporting. Previously, Anne has worked in marketing for B2B and B2C companies, focused on her love of storytelling and all things digital. Outside of OpenStack, Anne can be found at a local coffee shop or racing her bicycle.
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.
Kathy is responsible for audience-focused content planning and development, with the OpenStack Foundation Marketing team. She is also responsible for the OpenStack Foundation's primary relationship with OPNFV. She brings a wealth of experience from IBM Corporation, where she held various marketing positions including all aspects of product marketing, product launch management, events and alliance marketing primarily focused on Linux and other open source technologies. Kathy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Professional Certified Marketer designation from the American Marketing Association. Kathy and her husband Tony reside in Austin, TX. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, musical theater, entertaining, reading and spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.
Denise Ridolfo works with the OpenStack Foundation events team and is responsible for managing its presence and participation at various global industry events. She is also responsible for managing the OpenStack Day events around the world and works closely with the community and volunteers organizing these events. With over 15 years of marketing experience in the high-tech and storage industry, Denise most recently worked in the CTO Office of NetApp managing their industry and standards relationships. She also was a member of a European Industry Association Board of Directors for seven years, and held a board seat as a volunteer for ten years with the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County.
A journalist, she works with the OpenStack Foundation marketing team and is responsible for the Superuser publication online and in print. Whether you're solving the mysteries of the universe, building a pet adoption engine or ending storage headaches with OpenStack, she wants to tell your story.
Other things to know: she cares enough about open source to have donned (more than once!) a plushy penguin costume. She never turns down a visit to a data center. A lover of half-baked ideas, half-empty glasses and Half Moon Bay, on good days she thinks like an artist but works like an an accountant. Californitaliana.
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.