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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.


Julia started her career in technology over 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 Julia 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, Julia 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. 

Julia presently work for Red Hat as a Principal Software Engineer, where her upstream focus has been Ironic for the past few years, and her 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
Virtual Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai Denver Berlin Vancouver, BC Sydney Boston

Speaker Profile:


Julia is a candidate in the January 2021 Board Elections .


What is your relationship to the Open Infrastructure Foundation, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to Open Infrastructure Foundation's success to date?


I have been an OpenStack contributor since 2014. In that time I have served as a project leader, a member of the Technical Comittee for two years, and one year on the foundation Board of Directors. During this time I have collaborated with users, operators, and fellow contributors on our continued forward success.

To me the success and empowerment of every user, operator, and contributor is of vital importance. The freedom of choice of how to achieve their desired end goal being the most critical and most important aspect to me.

But looking back on my time and contribution, I think my biggest contribution to our mutual success is the breaking of the molds in which we have established. The championing of the different case which puts the operator and their users being of the most importance as they are the ultimate drivers of our community.


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 OSF/OIF Board of Directors during 2020. Prior non-profit experience includes a local community non-profit from which I had to step away from due to family reasons.


What do you see as the Board's role in Open Infrastructure Foundation's success?


I see the board's role in the overall success of all of the community projects in providing the guiding light and helping shape the overall environment. The Board provides the Foundation Staff with guidance as well as encourages and helps drive forth efforts in the Open Infrastucture and neighboring and partner communities as well.


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


This past year, with the support of the Board, the OpenStack Foundation began it's shift to the Open Infrastructure Foundation. This shift has only started as there are board level items that still need to be updated, mainly in the form of bylaws along with some strategic activities that need to be revisited by the Board as a whole in order to better facilitate the future community and project engagement. Our vision of the future should be re-visited, and we should attempt to simplify and enable, wherever we possibly can.

Julia has already been nominated by:

  • Allison Randal
  • Thierry Carrez
  • Amy Marrich
  • Egle Sigler
  • Michael Daitzman
  • Armin Ranjbar
  • Jay Bryant
  • Arkady Kanevsky
  • Mohammed Naser
  • Rico Lin