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OSI Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of OSI consists of the following people (in alphabetical order of last name, except the OSI president is listed first):

Simon Phipps - President
[Photo]Now the principal of open source management consulting firm Meshed Insights, computer industry veteran Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world's leading technology companies. He has worked in roles such as field engineer, programmer and systems analyst, as well as run a software publishing company. He worked with OSI standards in the 80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the 90s, and helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM. He takes an active interest in Free and Open Source software, serving at OpenSolaris, OpenJDK and OpenSPARC as well as at the Open Source Initiative, and is a widely read thought-leader. In mid-2000 he joined Sun Microsystems where he helped pioneer Sun's employee blogging, social media and community engagement programmes. In 2005 he was appointed Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems, co-ordinating Sun's extensive participation in Free and Open Source software until he left in 2010. In that role he oversaw the conversion to Free software of the Java platform, Solaris UNIX, the SPARC architecture and the rest of Sun's portfolio, all under open source licenses. He holds a degree in electronic engineering and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and Chartered Engineer. His personal home page and blog is
Deborah Bryant
Photo of Deborah BryantDeborah Bryant brings to the OSI board a perspective from a decade of work focused on the adoption and use of open source software and open development models in the public sector spanning private and public industry and academia, following a decade in start-ups and management the high tech industry. She created the public sector program at Oregon State University's Open Source Lab (OSUOSL), founded and produced the annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) from 2005-2011. Her experience in government includes five years in state government includes a stint the IT Consultant to the Oregon Legislature, later as Oregon's Deputy State CIO and she also served a four year term in public office as an elected official in rural costal Oregon. She's passionate about open and transparent government and the use of open source as an essential tool to support those goals, and likes to say she uses her knowledge of bureaucracy for good, and not evil. Deborah serves on numerous boards and councils with public trust agendas and an emphasis on open source as enabling technology. You can follow her on Twitter @debbryant.
Leslie Hawthorn
Photo of Leslie HawthornAn internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source. In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Community Manager, where she leads community relations efforts. You can follow her on Twitter @lhawthorn.

Richard Fontana
Photo of Richard FontanaRichard Fontana is a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property, technology transactions, standards, data privacy and information security law. For nearly a decade he has focused particularly on open source legal and policy issues. He has been Red Hat's counsel for open source matters since 2008. From 2005-2008 he was counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he worked on the drafting of the GPLv3 license family. Richard graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a master's degree in computer science from Yale University.

Patrick Masson - Secretary
[Photo]Patrick Masson joined the Open Source Initiative as General Manager in November of 2013 after working in higher education technology for over twenty years: first as a Programmer Analyst at The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and Director of the UCLA Media Lab, then Chief Information Officer at The State University of New York, College of Technology at Delhi (SUNY Delhi), and most recently, as the Chief Technology Officer for UMassOnline within the University of Massachusetts' Office of the President. Patrick has worked to promote the awareness and adoption of open source throughout his career, serving on the Jasig Foundation's Board of Directors, and currently on the Apereo Foundation's Advisory Council. He is the co-founder and current chair of the Educause Constituency Group on Openness.
Mike Milinkovich - Treasurer
[Photo]Mike Milinkovich has been involved in the software industry for over almost thirty years, doing everything from software engineering, to product management to IP licensing. His primary experience in open source has been as the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation since 2004. In that role he is responsible for supporting both the Eclipse open source community and its commercial ecosystem. Prior to joining Eclipse, Mike was a vice president in Oracle's development group. Other stops along the way include WebGain, The Object People, IBM, Object Technology International and Nortel. Mike earned his Masters of Science degree in Information and Systems Sciences and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Allison Randal
[Photo]Allison Randal is a software developer and open source strategist. She is a board member of the Perl Foundation, co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders, and founder and president of Onyx Neon Press. She collaborates in the Debian, Ubuntu, Python, Perl, and OpenStack projects. At various points in the past she has served as chief architect of the Parrot virtual machine, member of the board of directors for the Python Software Foundation, chairman of the Parrot Foundation, Open Source Evangelist at O'Reilly, conference chair of OSCON, Technical Architect of Ubuntu, and Open Source Advisor at Canonical. She currently works on OpenStack open source strategy at Hewlett-Packard.
Bruno Souza
[Photo]Bruno Souza is a Java Developer and Open Source Evangelist at Summa Technologies, and a Cloud Expert at ToolsCloud. Nurturing developer communities is a personal passion, and Bruno worked actively with Java, NetBeans, Open Solaris, OFBiz, and many other open source communities. As founder and coordinator of SouJava (The Java Users Society), one of the world's largest Java User Groups, Bruno leaded the expansion of the Java movement in Brazil.
Luis Villa
[Photo]Luis Villa is a lawyer who has worked and volunteered in Open Source development since he was in college. Luis studied law at Columbia, where he graduated with honors, was Editor-in-Chief of the Science and Technology Law Review, and was awarded a prize for excellence in intellectual property studies. Before law school, Luis worked in software, including several years working on the GNOME Linux desktop at Ximian, later acquired by Novell. He also spent a year at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center as 'geek in residence', working on a variety of projects, including and the h2o educational web software project. Luis's undergraduate education was at Duke University, where he majored in political science and computer science, and got his first experience as an open source maintainer by hacking on the legOS operating system for Lego Mindstorms.
Dr. Tony Wasserman
[Photo]Anthony I. (Tony) Wasserman is a Professor in the Software Management MS program at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, and the Executive Director of its Center for Open Source Investigation (COSI), focused on evaluation and adoption of open source software. In 1980, as a Professor at UC San Francisco, he released the software for his User Software Engineering research project under a BSD open source license. Subsequently, as CEO of Interactive Development Environments (IDE), he incorporated some of that software in IDE's Software through Pictures multiuser modeling environment, released in 1984, making it among the very first commercial products to include open source software. After IDE, Tony was VP of Engineering for a dot-com, and later became VP of Bluestone Software, where his open source Total-e-Mobile toolkit allowed mobile devices to connect to JavaEE web applications. Tony is very active in the international open source research community, and served as General Chair of the 2009 Int'l.Conf. on Open Source Systems. He is on the Board of Advisors of Open Source for America, and was co-founder of the Business Readiness Rating project. Tony is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE. Tony has traveled to more than 50 countries and posts many of his travel photos on his Flickr page. His Twitter handle is twasserman.
Stefano Zacchiroli
[Photo]Stefano Zacchiroli is a long term (2001-) official member of the Debian Project, where he has maintained popular packages, been an active member of the Quality Assurance team, and served as Debian Project Leader (DPL) for 3 terms in a row over the 2010-2013 period. As DPL he has worked on opening up the project structure to non-technical contributors, growing an ecosystem of Debian derivatives, getting Debian closer to the FSF, joining OSI as an affiliate project, and addressing a number of long-standing legal and policy issues. He has participated in country-level Free Software policy making in Europe, helping French public utilities with their Free Software strategies, and the Italian government in defining their software acquisition guidelines. In "real" life he is Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) of computer science at Université Paris Diderot in France and Fellow at IRILL, a research center with Free Software as its mission. His research interests span formal methods and their applications to improve software quality and user experience in the context of Free Software distributions.

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OSI Legal Counsel

Mark Radcliffe - General Counsel
[Mark Radcliffe]Mark Radcliffe is a partner with DLA Piper and he is resident in the firm's Silicon Valley office. He focuses on representing clients in intellectual property and finance matters. He has extensive experience helping companies identify, protect and exploit their IP, and he has worked with U.S.-based clients and large international companies. In 1997, the National Law Journal named Mr. Radcliffe one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States. In 1998, Harvard Law School designated him a "Distinguished Alumni." Mr. Radcliffe was named in the International Whos Who of e-Commerce Lawyers (2nd Edition). He has spoken at major conferences and industry presentations, including OSBC and OSCON, about open source and other intellectual property issues. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981.

OSI Web Support Team

The OSI web support team includes members of the infrastructure committee. Special thanks Brian Behlendorf who has generously provided hosting services for OSI's website.

OSI Founders

Eric S. Raymond - Founder & President Emeritus (PGP key)
Eric designed the language and marketing tactics around which the OSI was formed. He and Bruce Perens co-founded the organization. Eric lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bruce Perens - Co-Founder & Emeritus Board Member
Bruce Perens is a computer programmer and advocate in the open source community. He co-founded the OSI with Eric S. Raymond and architect of the Open Source Definition.

Other OSI Emeritus Members