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Individual Member Profile


Amy Marrich COA Certified

Date Joined
April 15, 2015



Statement of Interest

Contribute to OpenStack


Amy Marrich is the Open Source Community and Global Training Manager at O.A.T and previously was the OpenStack Instructor at Linux Academy, a Linux System Engineer on the Platform Engineering Cloud Operations team at Rackspace. She is an active member of the Openstack Ansible project and currently serves as the chair both the User Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. She has been working in various positions in the IT world for over 20 years, her experience ranges from management and engineering in regards to software development, linux operations, and cloud computing. She lives in New Braunfels, TX with her spouse, three dogs, and two horses. 

  • O.A.T - From 2019-02-01 (Current)
  • Linux Academy - From 2017-01-16 To 2019-01-31
  • Rackspace - From 2014-10-27 To 2017-01-13
Community Contributor Awards
  • Hero of the People - Boston 2017


I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Block Storage (Cinder),Ansible playbooks to deploy OpenStack (Openstack-ansible),Ansible playbooks and roles for deployment (OpenStackAnsible)

OpenStack Summit Presentations
  • The Results are in for the D&I survey.
  • Operator, end user and Public cloud feedback
  • RSVP REQUIRED: Speed Mentoring Lunch sponsored by Intel
  • Diversity and Inclusion WG
  • Diversity Working Group BoF
  • Git and Gerrit Hands-on Workshop
  • Long Term Mentoring - Keeping the party going!
  • Diversity and Inclusion WG Update
  • Speed Mentoring Lunch
  • Mentoring Program Reboot
Vancouver, BC Sydney
  • Ansible - Project Onboarding
  • The All New COA
  • Git and Gerrit Lunch and Learn
Boston Barcelona, Spain
  • Communication Tools Lunch and Learn
  • Git and Gerrit Lunch and Learn
  • Git and Gerrit Lunch and Learn, Organized by The Women of OpenStack

Speaker Profile:


Amy is a candidate in the January 2020 Board Election .


What is your relationship to OpenStack Foundation (OSF), and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to the OSF and the success of its projects to date?


I am currently serving as the Chair of both the User Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and am a Core Reviewer on OpenStack-Ansible. I act as one of the mentors when possibly for the OpenStack Upstream Institute when possible at summit as well.


I have been involved with OpenStack since Grizzly, first as an operator and then later as a contributer so I have seen both sides of the picture of what makes OpenStack work as well as the community.


I think one of my biggest contributions has been with onboarding new contributors and working to make sure they felt welcome within the community. In additiion, helping new operators both join and learn ore about OpenStack though my work with the User Committee, Ops Meetup team and holding workshops.


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 belong to several non-profits and been part of leadership but this would be my first time serving on a board.


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


The Board's role is to assist the Foundation in the longevity and growth f the project. The individual board members bring a vendor neutral voice to discusioons which help to drive the direction of the project and the community.


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


I think the top priority of the board is to work on devising means to maintain diversity of contributions. As some former major contributing companies have left the commumity it means the number of contributions are coming from fewer sources. Maintaining company-neutral decisions on the road map for the code as well as the community are important.

Amy has already been nominated by:

  • Egle Sigler
  • Dragana Perez
  • Kevin Carter
  • Jay Bryant
  • Julia Kreger
  • Erik McCormick
  • Matthew Thode
  • Dennis DeMarco
  • Arkady Kanevsky
  • John Schofield