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User Committee

As the number of production OpenStack deployments increase and more ecosystem partners add support for OpenStack clouds, it becomes increasingly important that the communities building services around OpenStack guide and influence the product evolution. The OpenStack User Committee mission is to:

If you are an OpenStack user, please take the OpenStack User Survey and join the mailing list to help the User Committee better define user requirements and serve the community. If you are interested in volunteering to help with User Committee efforts, please email the mailing list.

The user committee is led by a core group five individuals, who provide oversight and guidance to a number of working groups that target specific areas for improvement.


Edgar Magana


I am currently member of the Board of Directors and I want to continue in this position because I am working very hard in making an impact for the benefit of all developers and users (operators, end users, app developers, etc.). In my very short period as Board Member (lest that six months) I have already proposed changes to the Foundation bylaws and I will continue my work even if I am not elected for the next year because I have passion and love for OpenStack. I need your support because we are already making a difference and I want to keep it that way. I am not the type of member just sitting in a chair drinking coffee, I always speak up and make the difference that we need in our Foundation for our own benefit, better engagement and increase of the community membership.

I am part of the Cloud Operations and Infrastructure team for one of the biggest SaaS providers. My current role as OpenStack consumer is giving me a different opinion about what OpenStack should integrate and how it can be consumed easier and more scalable for both Service Providers and Entreprises. I am planning to provide my experience to the OpenStack Board in order to drive its direction based on the interest of the Operators and Users, never influenced by technology-specific vendors. 

Professionally, I have a PhD on Distributed Systems and I have specialized on Cloud Computing, Network Virtualization, Software-defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), OpenFlow and the most important OpenStack. During my last three positions at Cisco, PLUMgrid and Workday I have completed successful OpenStack deployment in heterogeneous and scalable infrastructures, from vendor specific hardware to commodity one. All improvements have been shared and I have created extended experience on configuration languages such as Puppet and Chef.



Jonathan Proulx


Most of my time is spent wrestling with Puppet configuration management and chasing the (nearly) latest version of OpenStack in one of the world premier computer science labs.

In the abstract I enjoy building large agile/adaptive systems and sharing knowledge with our users, my coworkers, and the free software community at large as both a learner and a teacher.


Melvin Hillsman


I began my OpenStack experience as hobbyist and moved on to be an OpenStack Support Engineer with Rackspace, focused on succeeding technically while providing excellent service and support. Since initially engaging with OpenStack, I became extremely passionate about its success in every market across the globe. In just under two years I succeeded in creating an OpenStack Meetup in Houston, TX, becoming one of the leaders of the Ops Meetups Team, and leading the reboot of the OSOps Project. Additionally I am able to work with community operators, application developers, and end users as a member of the OpenStack User Committee.

I live in the great city of Houston, TX with my awesome family and enjoy spending most of my time learning more about the information and technology field from innovations in microprocessing, changes in DataCenter infrastructure, to the latest trends in Cloud Computing.


Shamail Tahir




I have been in the OpenStack community since 2013 and I am currently participating in the Product WG, Enterprise WG and I also helped to define the newly created Active User Contributor (AUC) designation in the OpenStack community. At Athenahealth, I am focused on our infrastructure/cloud services strategy, operations, and participate extensively in OpenStack user committee initiatives.  My background includes server/network operations, pre and post-sales engineering, as well as being a technologist focused on cloud and cloud-related eco-systems (Containers, CloudFoundry, Mesos, K8s, FaaS, etc.)

I am passionate about OpenStack and our community, emerging technologies, implications of technology shifts on datacenter architectures, and driving use-case based technology adoption.



Shilla Saebi


Shilla Saebi is an Open Source Community Development Lead and has been with Comcast for 7 years. She is currently helping build out open source communities around products that are pushed upstream, as well as further developing an open source-style culture and methodology within Comcast. She has spent over a decade in the tech industry in diverse positions with organizations in the DC area including Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the federal sector, and various engineering roles for tier-1 service providers. 

Shilla has a passion for technology and thrives on well-designed architecture and engineering solutions. She is also an open source contributor and actively participates in the Women of OpenStack working group. Currently, she is a part of the user committee and provides oversight and guidance to a number of working groups that target specific areas for improvement within OpenStack. 

She began contributing to OpenStack in 2013, after the Icehouse summit in Hong Kong. She has attended OpenStack summits in Hong Kong, Atlanta, Paris, Vancouver, Tokyo, Austin, and Barcelona. She believes in the open source paradigm and promotes community collaboration.