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Individual Member Profile


Amy Marrich Community Contributor Award

Date Joined
April 15, 2015



Statement of Interest

Contribute to OpenStack

Amy has been involved in Open Source since its early years as both an Operator and as an Open Source Software Development Manager. She joined the OpenStack community with the Grizzly release in 2013 while operating a private cloud and started contributing patches during the Mitaka release while at Rackspace. Over the years she has become a Core Reviewer on several projects and has held various leadership roles. She currently serves on the Open Infrastructure Foundation Board of Directors and is Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. In addition, she is a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee, chair of the OIF Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, and previously served as the chair of the OpenStack User Committee. Amy is currently employed at Red Hat as an Open Source Evangelist and Principal Technical Marketing Manager while also serving as the Community Architect for the RDO Project.
  • Red Hat, Inc. - From 2023-08-20 (Current)
  • 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),Tripleo,Openstack-ansible

OpenStack Summit Presentations
OpenInfra Summit Vancouver 2023
  • Diversity Survey Feedback Session
  • Meet the Open Infrastructure Foundation's Board of Directors
Berlin 2022 Virtual Open Infrastructure Summit Denver
  • Operator, end user and Public cloud feedback
  • The Results are in for the D&I survey.
  • RSVP REQUIRED: Speed Mentoring Lunch sponsored by Intel
  • Diversity and Inclusion WG
  • Diversity Working Group BoF
  • Diversity and Inclusion WG Update
  • Long Term Mentoring - Keeping the party going!
  • Mentoring Program Reboot
  • Git and Gerrit Hands-on Workshop
  • Speed Mentoring Lunch
Vancouver, BC Sydney
  • Ansible - Project Onboarding

Speaker Profile:


Amy is a candidate in the January 2023 Board Elections .


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 began my relationship with OpenStack in 2013 while deploying and operating a small private cloud and have since contributed patches and held various leadership roles within OpenStack and OpenInfra.

I think my biggest contribution is my work with Diversity and Inclusion and making sure all voices are heard. This includes not just D&I in the more commonly thought of aspects of making sure all nationalities, races, genders, and abilities are included in our communities, but also that the voices of our Operators are heard within the projects and that all the Projects are heard and represented to the Board.


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?


In addition to being a member of the Open Infrastructure Board of Directors, I serve as the Chair of the CentOS Project Board of Directors and also as a member of the CHAOSS Project's Governing Board. I feel that these other positions give me a well rounded view of how a board can assist it's community and how to help it grow. Every community and every board functions differently and it's important to see what works and why and to use that knowledge to help others.


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


The role of the Board in regards to the Open Infrastructure Foundation is to serve as a guiding force to both the Foundation itself as well the projects. 

It is important to note that the Board can provide guidance and mentorship, but that it does not drive the technical direction of a project nor provide direct leadership. This makes it important to keep communication channels open between the projects and the board through the Individual Directors and the Community Managers.


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


The top priority of the Board over the next year is to support the projects and to help the Foundation to grow. I think it is important to continue the work we've done this year to increase the visibility of all the projects to the Board. It is also important to aid the Foundation where ever possible to help them bring in new projects whether under the more traditional model or the new directed funding model.

Amy has already been nominated by:

  • Julia Kreger
  • Dennis DeMarco
  • Allison Randal
  • Ghanshyam Mann
  • Jean-Philippe Evrard
  • Egle Sigler
  • James Denton
  • Arne Wiebalck
  • Belmiro Moreira
  • Jonathan Bryce