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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




Melvin Hillsman is an open source community operations manager at Huawei. Melvin is passionate about user and developer collaboration and cross-community interaction and communication. His current focus is OpenLab, where he works closely with members of the Kubernetes, OpenStack, OpenCi, CNCF, CloudFoundry, and OPNFV communities for integration and validation of cloud ecosystem tooling and support of hybrid and multicloud validation. He is the current chair for the OpenStack user committee and on the governance board for OpenLab.


OpenStack Summit Presentations
  • User Committee Meeting
  • User Committee Hangout
  • You don't know nothing about Public Cloud SDKs, yet
Vancouver, BC Sydney Boston
  • Operations and Administration Guides
  • UC Governance and Support of WGs
  • SESSION CANCELLED!! Real-World Workload Generation: Your Pluggable Solution
  • Strategy for Unanswered Requirements
Barcelona, Spain Austin

Speaker Profile:


Melvin is a candidate in the January 2019 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 the chair of the User Committee and governance member of OpenLab. As a member of both of these teams I serve the community best when I am helping users get involved in the community, listen to their feedback, and work with them to understand how to be a better community member. OpenStack's success is important to me because it is a that continues to help cloud computing adoption. My biggest contribution to date is getting OpenLab started and setup to provide CI services to the cloud-provider-openstack project for Kubernetes. This work has been a major contributor to exposing how well the community works with other open source projects and reduce the stigma of competition between Kubernetes and OpenStack.


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 been a part of the OpenStack community in an elected capacity for the past two years. I believe being heavily involved in OpenStack as a primary job function over the past three years has been and will continue to be beneficial in any elected capacity. I believe this helps to prepare any Board member to successfully communicate and understand the ocmmunity. Participating in the community and it being so closely tied to my daily work for so long means that I have had a vested interest in OpenStack's success and will continue to have it as a Board member.


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


There are many roles the Board has as it relates to OpenStack's success. The Board has clear guidelines and protocols to follow and should adhere to them. In addition I believe the Board should look to help OpenStack be even more successful as champion in chief of OpenStack. The Board can work to find one aspect of the community and work with stakeholders to ensure that their focus area is visible to all leadership (elected and un-elected), the OpenStack community, and other communities where the area is relevant.


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


Over the next year I believe the top priority of the Board should be to do three things; empower the community to mature pilot projects, encourage the continued work of aligning with adjacent open source communities, and champion work that targets ease of building tools and applications which use OpenStack.

Melvin has already been nominated by:

  • Steven Dake
  • Prakash Ramchandran
  • Allison Randal
  • Kurt Garloff
  • Egle Sigler
  • John Studarus
  • David Lyle
  • James Denton
  • ChangBo Guo
  • Nicolas Bock