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Individual Member Profile


Richard Fontana

Date Joined
August 01, 2012



Statement of Interest

I am a lawyer in the Cloud and Open Source group at HP, with special responsibility for open source strategy and counseling Cloud BU engineering, and as such a significant amount of my work relates directly and indirectly to OpenStack. I was previously a lawyer at Red Hat where I advised developers on matters relating to OpenStack and represented Red Hat on the OpenStack Foundation Legal Affairs Committee. I am generally interested in promoting the success of OpenStack as a meritocratic open source community project. In 2012 I served on the drafting committee for the OpenStack Foundation governance documents on behalf of Red Hat.


Richard Fontana is Senior Commercial Counsel at Red Hat. Previously he was Senior Director and Associate General Counsel on the Cloud & Open Source legal team at HP. Richard represented Red Hat on the committee that drafted the original bylaws of the OpenStack Foundation and serves on the OpenStack Foundation Legal Affairs Committee.

For several years Richard has been an influential speaker and thought leader on issues lying at the intersection of open source, law and policy. He is a Board Director of the Open Source Initiative.

  • Red Hat - From 2015-02-23 (Current)
  • Hewlett-Packard - From 2014-09-02 To 2015-02-16
  • Red Hat - From 2008-02-25 To 2014-08-25