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Technical Committee

The OpenStack Technical Committee provides technical leadership for OpenStack as a whole. Responsibilities include enforcing OpenStack ideals (such as Openness, Transparency, Commonality, Integration and Quality), deciding on issues that impact multiple programs, providing an ultimate appeals board for technical decisions and general oversight. It is a fully-elected Committee that represents the contributors to the project, and more details about membership and programs may be found in its charter.


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Anne Gentle

Company
Rackspace 
Bio

Anne Gentle works in open source projects with the OpenStack project at Rackspace, using open source techniques for API design and documentation. She ensures the docs.openstack.org site contains relevant and accurate documentation for 20 projects written in Python across 130 git repositories. She advocates for cloud users and administrators by providing accurate technical information to increase OpenStack adoption as a cloud for the world.

Prior to joining Rackspace in 2010, Anne worked as a community publishing consultant, providing strategic direction for professional writers who want to produce online content in collaborative ways. Her enthusiasm for community-based documentation methods prompted her to write a book about using social publishing techniques for technical documentation titled Conversation and Community: The Social Web for Documentation.

As a supporter of women in technology, Anne coordinated efforts to connect OpenStack to the GNOME Outreach Program for Women, now named Outreachy. She writes about open source and community techniques for web content development at justwriteclick.com. As the mom of two youngsters with an awesome husband, she relishes every opportunity to talk with people who are as fascinated with technology as she is.


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Dean Troyer

Company
Intel 
Bio

Dean Troyer is a full-time OpenStack developer, currently working with Intel's Open Source Technology Center.  His focus is on client-side projects such as OpenStackClient, Python and Go SDKs and OpenStack REST APIs. In addition he continues his work on DevStack that began with its initial presentation in a Lightning Talk at the Essex Summit in Boston.

Dean is currently a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee and the PTL for OpenStackClient.  He is a core reviewer for OpenStackClient, DevStack, Grenade and the librariy projects cliff and os-client-config.

Previous to his OpenStack work for Nebula, Rackspace and NASA, Dean has been a developer and UNIX system administrator at Perot Systems, Sprint and Honeywell.  His prior Open Source activities include contributions to Samba, the Linux kernel and the Perl 4 and 5 ports for Win32.


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Doug Hellmann

Company
HP 
Bio

Doug Hellmann is currently employed by HP to work on OpenStack. He has been programming in Python since version 1.4, and has worked on a variety of Unix and non-Unix platforms for projects in fields such as mapping, medical news publishing, banking, and data center automation. Doug is a member of the Python Software Foundation, and served as its Communications Director from 2010-2012. After a year as a regular columnist for Python Magazine, he served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008-2009. Between 2007 and 2011, Doug published the popular "Python Module of the Week" series on his blog, and that material served as the basis for his book "The Python Standard Library By Example". He lives in Athens, Georgia.

Doug started contributing to OpenStack in 2012, just before the Folsom summit. He is a core reviewer and one of the founding members of the Ceilometer project, and a core reviewer for the requirements and unified command line interface projects. He is on the release management team, is part of the team working on the Python 3 transition, and has contributed to several of the infrastructure projects. He also contributes to the unified command line client and SDK projects. Doug served as the PTL for the Oslo project for the Icehouse, Juno, and Kilo releases and is still active on the core review team.


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Flavio Percoco

Company
Red Hat 
Bio

Flavio spends most of his time hacking on storage and messaging modules. He has both Italian and Venezuelan roots, and is currently based in Italy where he works remotely for Red Hat. Flavio is also an actively open-source contributor, part of Mongodb Masters group and an active Rust lang contributor.

Prior to Red Hat, Flavio worked on Big Data oriented applications, search engines and message systems. He was also an active member of Gnome's a11y team where he contributed to Orca and created MouseTrap, a head-tracker application. Outside Red Hat Flavio likes to take pictures, swim, run, travel, hang around with family and friends and whatever seems interesting.


James Blair

Company
HP 
Bio

James is a core member of the OpenStack project infrastructure team. As a sysadmin and hacker he gets to write elegant code and then try to make it work in the real world. He has been active in free software for quite some time, and has previously worked for UC Berkeley and the Free Software Foundation.

 


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Jay Pipes

Company
Mirantis 
Bio

Jay is a Principal Technical Architect at Mirantis. He works to develop core and ecosystem projects in the OpenStack cloud computing platform community. Before Mirantis, he worked at AT&T, focusing on OpenStack development and operations. Previously, he was a Director of Engineering in HP s Open Source Cloud Services team, a development manager and software engineer at Rackspace Cloud, a software engineer at Sun Microsystems and the North American Community Relations Manager at MySQL. Co-author of Pro MySQL (Apress, 2005), Jay has also written articles for Linux Magazine and regularly assists developers in identifying how to make the most effective use of MySQL and other software. He has given sessions on performance tuning at the MySQL Users Conference, RedHat Summit, NY PHP Conference, ZendCon, php-tek, OSCON, and Ohio LinuxFest, amongst others. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Julie, and his beloved dogs.


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John Griffith

Company
SolidFire 
Bio

John Griffith, Senior Software Engineer at SolidFire, helped to create the Cinder project in OpenStack.  His primary responsibility at SolidFire is technical contributor to OpenStack.  He served as Technical Lead for the Block Storage Project since it's beginning through the Juno release, and also holds an elected seat on the OpenStack Technical Committee.

John has over fifteen years of engineering experience in both hardware and software engineering.  He’s been an active user and contributor to open source for close to a decade, and has been focused on OpenStack since January of 2011.

In addition to his technical contributions, John also spends a lot of his time talking to people who are interested in learning about OpenStack as well as gathering feedback from current users.


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Mark McClain

Company
Akanda, Inc. 
Bio

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.


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Monty Taylor

Company
HP 
Bio

I currently work full-time on OpenStack for HP. I lead a team that works on running the Developer Infrastructure systems for the project, as well as other pure-upstream development efforts. I am past PTL of the OpenStack Infra Program and set up the original project gating infrastructure. I currently sit on the Technical Committee. Previously, I was a core developer on Drizzle and was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc. I've been a Python hacker by choice since 2000, and am currently a member of the Python Software Foundation.

I have a degree in Theatre Directing and went to grad school at CalArts in lighting design. The intersection of fields has led me to start more than one business around developing technology for and related to live performance. I continue to work in the theatre, and regularly light shows in New York, Seattle and Austin.


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Robert Collins

Company
HP 
Bio

Robert Collins is a Distinguished Technologist on the OpenStack team in HP Cloud. For the last 4 years he has been walking the fine line between development and operations. He is also a developer on the Debian project, and has contributed to many other projects, including (but certainly not limited to): bazaar, Launchpad, Ubuntu, subunit, testresources, testtools, testscenarios, testrepository, fixtures, zope fixtures, config manager, cygwin and squid.

Robert has been involved with open source development and Python for a number of years, with a "tremendous passion for high quality, well tested software". He has been described as a "Champion of test driven development", and a "meticulous software developer".

He lives in Rangiora, New Zealand with his wife & young daughter.


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Russell Bryant

Company
Red Hat 
Bio

Russell is a Senior Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, Inc.  He is on the OpenStack Technical Committee (since Fall 2012) and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors (since January 2015).  Russell has been contributing to the development of OpenStack since the Fall of 2011.  His most significant contributions around OpenStack have been to Nova and most recently Neutron and OVN.

Prior to working for Red Hat, Russell spent 7 years (2004 - 2011) working for Digium on the Asterisk project. In the later years, Russell was the leader of the Asterisk project as well as the Engineering Manager for Asterisk development at Digium.

Russell is also a published author.  Russell co-authored "Asterisk: The Definitive Guide" and "Asterisk Cookbook", published by O'Reilly Media.  He also contributed a chapter on Asterisk to the book "Architecture of Open Source Applications".

Russell graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in the Fall of 2006.  He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.


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Sean Dague

Company
HP 
Bio

Sean Dague is a contributor across a wide variety of projects to OpenStack, a core reviewer on Devstack, Tempest, Grenade, Nova, and lots of smaller projects. He was the QA PTL for the Havana and Icehouse cycles, and you'll often see him trying to get to the bottom of an interesting race condition exposed in OpenStack in the integrated testing gate.

Sean has been working in Open Source as part of his job for over a decade, currently as part of the OpenStack team at Hewlett-Packard. He was previous part of Samsung's Open Source Group, and IBM's Linux Technology Center.

Sean has been an avid Linux and Open Source user and contributor going back to college days. He created the Mid Hudson Linux Users Group in 2003, and has been running a monthly Linux and Open Source lecture series there ever since, exposing hundreds of people to the joys of Open Source technology.


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Thierry Carrez

Chairman

Company
OpenStack Foundation 
Bio

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.