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Jonathan Bryce, who has spent his career building the cloud, is Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation. Previously he was a founder of The Rackspace Cloud.
He started his career working as a web developer for Rackspace, and during his tenure, he and co-worker Todd Morey had a vision to build a sophisticated web hosting environment where users and businesses alike could turn to design, develop and deploy their ideal web site – all without being responsible for procuring the technology, installing it or making sure it is built to be always available. This vision became The Rackspace Cloud. Since then he has been a major driver of OpenStack, the open source cloud software initiative.
Mark has been lucky enough to participate in many disruptive technology shifts, from the introduction of the first GPUs at Dell in the 90s as a product manager, to the digital music/MP3 transition at Musicmatch as Director of Business Development. After Yahoo! acquired Musicmatch, combining the #1 streaming radio service with the #1 digital music app, Mark served as Sr Director, establishing strategic partnerships for one of the first on demand streaming music services. In 2009, Mark joined Rackspace, an early pioneer in cloud computing, as VP of Business Development, focused on building their cloud ecosystem.
In 2010, to accelerate the cloud ecosystem's development, Mark co-founded a new open source cloud computing project called OpenStack, in partnership with NASA and 25 other organizations globally. OpenStack quickly became one of the fastest growing open source projects in history. In 2012, Mark co-founded the OpenStack Foundation to manage the growth of the project, where he now serves at the COO. Today, OpenStack is one of the 3 most actively developed open source projects in the world, along with the Linux kernel and Chromium.
Mark is now helping to expand and evolve the Foundation’s mission, bringing the unique open collaboration method established by the OpenStack community to many new open source projects across the cloud infrastructure market, including Kata Containers, the Zuul CI/CD platform, the StarlingX edge computing platform, and Airship.
Lauren Sell is the Vice President, Marketing and Community Services for the OpenStack Foundation. She helped launch OpenStack in 2010 and has since focused on building the brand and global community around one of the largest and most successful open source projects to date. She is passionate about the community and has been working closely with OpenStack users, technical contributors and marketers to bring the OpenStack story to life and drive global adoption. Lauren has been marketing in the technology industry for more than twelve years, with a background in early stage companies, open source and enterprise software, as well as industry events like SXSW Interactive.
Heidi leads the foundation's efforts to grow and nurture a strong ecosystem around OpenStack.
Heidi has spent over 15 years in the technology world in leadership positions with companies in Silicon Valley and in Seattle including Netscape, Red Herring, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services. She originally launched her career in banking spending nine years with Drexel Burnham Lambert, Wells Fargo and Hambrecht & Quist before falling in love with cutting edge technology when her bank (H&Q) was taking Netscape public . She made the career leap to Netscape and tech and has never looked back! Her passions besides game changing technologies, are cycling, skiing, music and almost any sport that involves speed.
Thierry Carrez is the Vice-President of Engineering at the OpenStack Foundation, in charge of the long-term health of the open source projects under the Foundation. A long-time elected member of the OpenStack Technical Committee, he has been a Release Manager for the OpenStack project since its inception, coordinating the effort and facilitating collaboration between contributors.
Thierry spoke about OpenStack, open innovation and open source project management at various conferences around the world, including OSCON, LinuxCon, and FOSDEM. A Python Software Foundation fellow, he was previously the Technical lead for Ubuntu Server at Canonical, an operational manager for the Gentoo Linux Security Team, and an IT manager in various companies.
A long-time computer hobbyist and technology generalist, Jeremy's worked as a Unix and GNU/Linux sysadmin for more than two decades focusing on information security, Internet services and data center automation. He's a core member of the OpenStack project infrastructure team and serves on both the technical committee and vulnerability management team. In his spare time he writes free software, hacks on open hardware projects and embedded platforms, restores old video game systems and enjoys articles on math theory and cosmology
It all started as a volunteer sysadmin at Portland State University. Since then Clark has operated large network infrastructures, built radios for airplanes, and is now a core member of the OpenStack project infrastructure team. When not in front of a keyboard, Clark enjoys brewing beer and barbecuing brisket in his brother's back yard.
Chris Hoge is the Interop Engineer for the OpenStack Foundation. He's been an active contributor to the Interop Working Group (formerly DefCore), and helps run the trademark program for the OpenStack Foundation. He also works on collaborations between the OpenStack and Kubernetes communities. Previously he worked as an OpenStack community manager and developer at Puppet Labs, and operated a research cloud for the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Oregon. When not cloud computing, he enjoys long-distance running, dancing, and throwing a ball for his Border Collie.
Ildikó started her journey with virtualization during the university years and has been in connection with this technology different ways since then. She started her career at a small research and development company in Budapest, where she was focusing on areas like system management and business process modelling and optimization. Ildikó got in touch with OpenStack when she started to work in the cloud project at Ericsson in 2013. She is a member of the Ceilometer and Aodh core teams and she drives NFV related feature development activities in projects like Nova and Cinder. Beyond code and documentation contributions she is also very passionate about on boarding and training activities, which is one of her focus areas within the OpenStack Foundation.
Kendall is an Upstream Developer Advocate at the OpenStack Foundation based in Seattle, WA. She first started working on Cinder and os-brick in the Liberty release and since then gotten involved in Release Mangement, StoryBoard, the Women of OpenStack (WoO), the First Contact SIG, the Contributor Guide, and OpenStack Upstream Institute. She has also worked as an election official for TC and PTL elections (Pike-Rocky) and served as a track chair for the Barcelona, Boston, Sydney, and Vancouver summits.
When she is not evangelizing about the awesomeness of OpenStack, bringing people into the community, or working to make upstream development a friendlier place, she can be found reading Harry Potter, watching Doctor Who, or out on a photo taking adventure.
Claire Massey is a Senior Marketing Manager for the OpenStack Foundation. Claire oversees the onboarding of new projects to the Foundation and building the programs around these projects. In past endeavors, she has managed OpenStack Summits, OpenStack Days, hackathons, technical events and the Foundation's presence at industry events. She has also specialized in the management of social media strategy for global brands, managed donor stewardship and grant writing for The University of Texas at Austin, and event planning for non-profits and a state agency. In her free time, she enjoys pilates, traveling and ordering at restaurants rather than cooking.
Wes Wilson is Director of Marketing for the OpenStack Foundation. He has spent the past two decades in web startups including founding Brandstack a graphic design marketplace that was acquired in 2011. Wes’ endeavors have always hinged around entrepreneurship, whether it be working in his family’s construction business, manufacturing custom speed skating boots in college, lending capital as a VP in commercial banking or as a mentor in Techstars Cloud. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, traveling and spending time with his wife and three kids.
James works closely alongside Wes Wilson to communicate the OpenStack Foundation’s visual identity through print and web design. As a multifaceted designer with a strong production background, he has delivered work for boutique ad agencies launching new brands, massive agencies promoting established international businesses, freelance clients, and in-house teams. When he’s not designing for OpenStack, he enjoys recording music, practicing photography, and adventuring throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Danny is the Ecosystem Manager for the OpenStack Foundation, from Tyler, TX. He attended The University of Texas at San Antonio and spent close to seven years at Rackspace where he held Support, Business Development and Marketing roles. He has joined the Foundation team to focus on nurturing the OpenStack partner ecosystem, assist with on boarding new sponsors and building relationships with community members. He’s known to be a prolific coffee drinker and keeps up to date with the latest tunes. He enjoys live music shows, a good workout, riding his fixie and SF Giants Baseball.
Allison manages Marketing Content initiatives including case study development, advertising campaigns, the Superuser online publication and OpenStack User Survey. Her past roles have specialized in social strategy and execution for both B2B and B2C global companies in the technology and consumer industries. In her spare time, she enjoys finding new hiking trails and sharing her love with Celine Dion with anyone and everyone who will listen.
Erin Disney works as a Marketing Manager for the OpenStack Foundation. Prior to joining, Erin ran events for W2O Group including CES, JPMorgan Healthcare, SXSW, and Social Media Week activations. She also has experience in digital marketing strategy, analytics, internal/external communications, and project management. Away from work she loves live music, stand up comedy, exploring Austin’s restaurant scene, and spoiling her Bengal cat Cloris Leachman.
Kendall Waters has joined the OpenStack Foundation as a Marketing Associate after completing a spring internship in 2015. She graduated from St. Edward s University in Austin, TX with a Bachelor s degree in Digital Media Management. She helps the marketing team organize and manage the twice-annual Summits. Her previous roles have specialized in social media management at local start-up companies in Austin. In her free time, she likes to ride her bike around town, attend music festivals, and spend time with her two cats.
Ashlee Ferguson joined the OpenStack Foundation as a Marketing Associate after interning with the Marketing Team for a year. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's degree in Corporate Communication and a Business Minor. Prior to joining the OpenStack Foundation, she worked in event coordination for SXSW Interactive. Outside of work, Ashlee enjoys Austin’s live music scene, coffee shops, and breakfast taco joints.
In addition to managing the OpenStack Foundation web properties and Summit mobile application development, Jimmy works extensively with the OpenStack User Committee and Operator community. Alongside the community, he is actively working on ways to close the feedback loop between OpenStack operators and developers including his work on the annual User Survey, Ops Meetups, and day-to-day community management. Outside of wearing many hats at the OpenStack Foundation, he enjoys cooking, traveling, and having the best chili in Texas.
Horace is currently working as China Community Manager @ OpenStack Foundation, to accelerate China OpenStack ecosystem growing up, and Open Infrastructure focused open source projects landing in China. Before joining OpenStack Foundation, Horace worked in Intel Open Source Technology Center for 13 years, as technical account manager to support open source community projects engagement in China, including both Cloud Computing, DataCenter and Client Computing business.
Outside of working area, Horace likes jogging, swimming, music, movie, fashion and art.
A journalist, she works with the OpenStack Foundation marketing team and is responsible for the Superuser publication online and in print. Whether you're solving the mysteries of the universe, building a pet adoption engine or ending storage headaches with OpenStack, she wants to tell your story.
Other things to know: she cares enough about open source to have donned (more than once!) a plushy penguin costume. She never turns down a visit to a data center. A lover of half-baked ideas, half-empty glasses and Half Moon Bay, on good days she thinks like an artist but works like an accountant. Californitaliana.
Lisa Miller serves as legal counsel for the OpenStack Foundation. Lisa focuses her practice on providing quality legal services to corporate clients on transactional matters and general corporate maintenance including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, corporate and non-profit governance and contract negotiations.
Prior to forming the Law Office of Lisa S. Miller, Lisa was an associate attorney with the Corporate & Securities and Health Care sections of Jackson Walker, L.L.P. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is active her her hometown community of San Antonio, Texas. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law.
Mark Radcliffe is a senior partner who practices corporate securities and intellectual property at DLA Piper. DLA Piper has over 4200 lawyers in more than 30 countries and 65 cities. Mr. Radcliffe’s practice focuses on representing corporations in their intellectual property and finance matters. He has worked with many software companies, in particular open source companies and is Chair of the Open Source Industry Group at the firm. He assisted Sun Microsystems in open sourcing the Solaris operating system and drafting the CDDL. And he represents other large companies in their software licensing (and, in particular, open source matters) including eBay, Accenture, Adobe, Palm and Sony. He represents or has represented many software companies and particularly open source startups, such as SugarCRM (the first venture backed open source applications company), WSO2, Zimbra, DeviceVM, Revolution Analytic, Funambol and Reductive Labs, He represented Siemens Venture Capital in their investment in MontaVista Software, Inc and Hummer Winblad and Morganthaler in their investment in MuleSource. On a pro bono basis, he serves as outside General Counsel for the Open Source Initiative and on the Legal Committee of the Apache Software Foundation. He was the Chair of Committee C for the Free Software Foundation in reviewing GPLv3 and was the lead drafter for Project Harmony. And in 2012, he became outside general counsel of the Open Stack Foundation.
He has spoken on open source issues at the Open Source Business Conference, Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, American Corporate Counsel Association and O’Reilly Open Source Conference. In April 2009 (the first year of the award), he was recognized for his experience by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the world's Leading 250 IP Strategists. He has been recognized again in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 1997, the National Law Journal named him one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States.
Denise Ridolfo works with the OpenStack Foundation events team and is responsible for managing its presence and participation at various global industry events. She is also responsible for managing the OpenStack Day events around the world and works closely with the community and volunteers organizing these events. With over 15 years of marketing experience in the high-tech and storage industry, Denise most recently worked in the CTO Office of NetApp managing their industry and standards relationships. She also was a member of a European Industry Association Board of Directors for seven years, and held a board seat as a volunteer for ten years with the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County.
FNtech is the Foundation's events production partner working behind the scenes to produce our global OpenStack Summits. Based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, FNtech specializes in sponsor fulfillment, audio/video, lighting, staging and full-service production for corporate and live events.