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Individual Member Profile


Amy Marrich Community Constributor Award

Date Joined
April 15, 2015



Statement of Interest

Contribute to OpenStack


Amy Marrich is a Principal Technical Marketing Manager at Red Hat. She previously worked at a small Open Source e-assessment company in Luxembourg where she was the Open Source Community and Global Training Manager.  Previously she was the OpenStack Instructor at Linux Academy and a Linux System Engineer on the Platform Engineering Cloud Operations team at Rackspace. She currently serves on the OpenStack Board, is an active member of the Openstack Ansible project, chair of the OSF Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, and previously the chair of the OpenStack User Committee. Amy spends her free time competing in performance events (agility, FASt Cat, and dock diving) with her Dalmatians and competing in Dressage with her Connemara pony.

  • Red Hat - From 2020-03-24 (Current)
  • O.A.T - From 2019-02-01 To 2020-03-20
  • 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
Virtual Open Infrastructure Summit Denver
  • 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
  • Git and Gerrit Lunch and Learn
  • The All New COA
  • Ansible - Project Onboarding
Boston Barcelona, Spain
  • Communication Tools Lunch and Learn

Speaker Profile:


Amy 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 am currently an Indivual Board member for the Open Infrastructure Foundation as well as the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, former Chair of the User Committee, Core Reviewer for OpenStack-Ansible, Project Lead for OpenStack at Open Source Day during the Grace Hopper Conference, and a mentor for the OpenStack Upstream Insititute. I think my biggest contribution is my work helping to onboard new community members as well as working to make sure we maintain a positive and inclusive community so they stay members of the 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?


In addition to serving on the Open Infrastructure Foundation Board, I serve on the Governing Board for the CHAOSS project. Being a part of CHAOSS gives me insight into what drivers lead to healthy Open Source projects and what things we should work to improve on when we see them. Being a long standing member of the community who has worn many different hat over the years allows me to represnt the community with an open mind to the diverse needs of developers, operators, and users.


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


The Board's role is to make sure we have a long term roadmap for both the Foundation and it's projects with attainable short term goals. We need to help maintain and grow the current Community so we can continue to provide highend, stable software that iis Open. While the Board does not make the technical decisions for the projects it is our duty make sure we have a clear vision for how we can assist and guide them.


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


I think the top priority for the Board for the next year is to continue to work on reaching out to companies and encouraging them to join the Community. I also think it's important to help find projects that compliment the projects already under the Foundatiion while helping to promote the move to 'top-level' projects from within the OpenStack projects where appropriate for them to standalone. Byt growing and promoting we can encourage new companies and contributors to join our mission.

Amy has already been nominated by:

  • Allison Randal
  • Julia Kreger
  • Egle Sigler
  • Michael Daitzman
  • Armin Ranjbar
  • Dennis DeMarco
  • Jason Vervlied
  • Kiran Pola
  • Sean McGinnis
  • Jay Bryant