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Individual Member Profile


Julia Kreger Community Constributor Award

Date Joined
May 27, 2014



Statement of Interest

To learn, leverage, and help evolve.


I started my working career in technology close to twenty years ago. It has surely not been an average career, but a career where I've continually learned and evolved to fulfill the need. In a sense, it all started with Linux and answering some questions about installing Linux. This started a journey into computer networking and eventually shifted to a systems engineering focus with a stop-over in data center operations.

The DevOps movement lead me more into software development and the operationalization of software due to the need to automate large scale systems deployments. This required bringing an operational perspective while bridging to the requirements, and often required digging deep into the underlying code to solve the problem of the day.

In a sense, I found a home in OpenStack in 2014 and the Ironic project in 2015 because of many years spent working with physical hardware in data centers. 

I presently work for Red Hat as a Principal Software Engineer, where my upstream focus has been Ironic for the past few years, and my downstream focus has been on helping lead adoption and use of Ironic. 


  • Red Hat - From 2017-12-04 (Current)
  • IBM - From 2016-09-20 To 2017-12-01
  • HPE - From 2015-11-01 To 2016-09-19
  • HP Cloud - From 2014-05-21 To 2015-10-31
Community Contributor Awards
  • I Fight for the Users Cup - Berlin 2018


I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Bare Metal Provisioning Service (Ironic)

OpenStack Summit Presentations
Berlin 2022
  • Open At the bottom - Secure Open Infra at the physical layer
  • API Performance - A journey down the rabbit hole
Virtual Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai Denver Berlin Vancouver, BC Sydney Boston

Speaker Profile:


Julia is a candidate in the January 2022 Board Elections .


What is your relationship to OpenInfra, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to OpenInfra and/or OpenStack's success to date?


I see a world where choice is vital. Where freedom from vendor lock-in is critical to being able to provide the best services possible. Where we help change the world through both the technology and the people who use it. To me, this is why Open Infrastructure is critical. Portability, Choice, and quality of life for everyone.

Part of this, when looking at my past is why I'm so passionate about open infrastructure tooling. I've experienced the pain of vendor lock-in. Where we were unable to make the right choice because of it. On top of this, I have seen and experienced the positive impact and resulting joy which has resulted from the work being performed in the Open Infrastructure community. There is always more work to be done, which is why I'm here to contribute.


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 served on the Open Infrastructure Foundation Board of Directors this past year, and for the year before that when it was the OpenStack Foundation. Outside of technology, I have worked with some local advocacy and charity focused non-profits, but in a limited leadership capacity.


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


I see the board's role in success in part to be enablers of the Foundation, and ultimately the community. In part of this, we need to guide. At the same time, the board's role is to also advocate and help spread the word where possible and applicable.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2022?


I believe the top priority for the board during 2022 should be spreading the word of our larger community and of the projects within that community. The word, being spread wider also needs to come with a personal note of why we feel it is important as we are ultimately spreading the word of the foundation and reminding everyone that we as a community exist, and that we do important work which makes a difference.

Julia has already been nominated by:

  • Allison Randal
  • Amy Marrich
  • Eliad Cohen
  • Bernard Cafarelli
  • Allison Price
  • Mark Collier
  • Jean-Philippe Evrard
  • Jesse Pretorius
  • Sean Cohen
  • Jonathan Bryce