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Individual Member Profile


Sean McGinnis

Date Joined
June 11, 2014



Statement of Interest

Block storage (Cinder) and community activities (release management, technical committee, requirements)


Sean is a Distinguished Engineer in the Dell Technologies Office of the CTO, focusing on programs to support open source usage and involvement across the company.

Sean is currently a community representative on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors. He has served on the OpenStack Technical Committee (TC), was the Project Team Lead (PTL) for the Cinder block storage project and the Release Management team, and is currently a core reviewer in a number of OpenStack projects.

  • Dell EMC - From 2019-06-17 (Current)
  • Huawei - From 2017-04-10 To 2019-06-14
  • Dell Inc. - From 2015-09-14 To 2017-04-07
  • Dell, Inc. - From 2002-12-02 To 2017-04-07

OpenStack Summit Presentations
  • How are you using Cinder's Volume Types?
  • We Integrated K8s, What is Next?
  • Operators Documents ("ops docs") working session
  • Release Team - Project Onboarding
Vancouver, BC Sydney Boston Barcelona, Spain Austin Tokyo Vancouver

Speaker Profile:


Sean 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 working on OpenStack since the Icehouse release and have seen the community grow and shrink and expand during that time. I think the current OIF mission is more important than ever as we transition our focus from solely on OpenStack to a broader view of supporting and encouraging a broad and open ecosystem for open source infrastructure.


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?


Past non-profit and board experience has been server for two years on my local community neighborhood board, as well as volunteering with a few smaller non-profits to provide technical help and direction.

Whether as part of the board overseeing municpal funding for neighborhood improvements, or working with these smaller non-profits, the experiences working with these have reinforced the need to make well-reasoned and informed decisions affecting policy and funding decisions to make sure the greatest impact can be made towards the organizaitons goals.

I see a lot of similarity between this and the OIF board. We are at a point where there are a lot of important decisions to be made that will have a long term impact on the success of the Open Infrastructure Foundation and the projects under its umbrella. It is important to carefully consider the financial and community impacts of decisions now to make sure things are set up for the best long term chance of success.


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


The decisions being made now will have a large impact on the future of the OIF and its projects. I feel it's important to focus on things with the long term view of how even minor changes will impact these long term impacts, and how to best positions things to really encourage the growth of the community as a whole and within each area under the Foudnation.


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


My top priotiy woudl be focusing on the sustainability of current bylaws and other policies and making sure any potential changes are discussed and acted upon to make the changes needed for the future.

We're at an interesting point in the history of the OpenStack/Open Infrastructure Foundation. The landscape has changed, and we need to make sure we have a clear understanding of where we fit and where we hope to go to make sure we have a good and lasting impact on open infrastructure.

Sean has already been nominated by:

  • Mohammed Naser
  • Tim Bell
  • Rico Lin
  • Amy Marrich
  • Jimmy McArthur
  • Ghanshyam Mann
  • Armin Ranjbar
  • Allison Price
  • Rajini Karthik
  • Malini Bhandaru