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Individual Member Profile


Melvin Hillsman COA Certified

Date Joined
July 05, 2013

Huawei From 2017-07-03 (Current)
OpenStack Innovation Center From 2016-04-16 To 2017-04-16
Rackspace From 2015-03-31 To 2017-07-03
Statement of Interest

End User, Reviewer, and Contributor/Developer




I began my OpenStack experience as a hobbyist and moved on to be an OpenStack Support Engineer with Rackspace, focused on succeeding technically while providing excellent service and support. Since initially engaging with OpenStack, I became extremely passionate about its success in every market across the globe. In just under three years I succeeded in creating an OpenStack Meetup in Houston, TX, becoming one of the leaders of the Ops Meetup Team, organizing Ops Midcycles, engaging with community operators, application developers, and end users as a member of the OpenStack User Committee, and OpenLab governance team member.

I currently work as Open Source Community Operations Manager for Huawei. I spend everyday working on how I can help OpenStack succeed in some small way.


OpenStack Summit Presentations
Vancouver, BC
  • The Cart and The Horse: OpenStack + Kubernetes
Sydney Boston
  • Strategy for Unanswered Requirements
  • Operations and Administration Guides
  • UC Governance and Support of WGs
  • SESSION CANCELLED!! Real-World Workload Generation: Your Pluggable Solution
Barcelona, Spain Austin

Speaker Profile:


Melvin is a candidate in the January 2018 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 currently serve as a member of the User Committee and OpenLab Governance team. OpenStack's success is important for at least a couple of reasons; one reason is the software and the other the community. The software because it has and is helping to drive Open Source, showing enterprises large and small can be successful and stay viable adopting an Open Source strategy. And the community is helping to shape other Open Source communities and projects as an example of the success that can be achieved between individual people and groups in Open Source.

My biggest contribution to date is the launch of the OpenLab program. OpenLab plays an important role in helping the OpenStack community succeed with its ever evolving role in Open Source.


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 not worked or served as a board member for a non-profit. I believe my non-experience prepares me to be excited to learn and contribute honestly and openly without bias.


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


I see the Board's role as being critical in protecting the current  software and community success, expanding these where appropriate, being open for change, being good stewards of resources, encouraging diversity and inclusivity, and working to lead through collaboration with other similar entities both for and not-for profit. Essentially I believe it boils down to being an active participant in the success of OpenStack, showing up when needed or not, and stepping down when one cannot fulfill their individual part of the Board's role with passion and commitment.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be over the next year?


We should be empowering the community and the software to reinvigorate not for show but for success. Focusing on shedding things - work, perspectives, politics, etc - that hinder the velocity of success and energy. Use those who are being sold the software and actively participating in the community to understand priorities for maintenance while staying open to change to expand where appropriate.

Melvin has already been nominated by:

  • Tim Bell
  • Sean McGinnis
  • Chris Dent
  • ChangBo Guo
  • Joshua White
  • Saverio Proto
  • Steven Dake
  • Edgar Magana
  • Allison Randal
  • Krish Raghuram