OSI Board of Directors

The Open Source Initiative is overseen and managed by a ten-person Board of Directors. The current Board comprises the following individuals (in alphabetical order):

Name Role First Elected Current Term Start Date Current Term End Date Seated by
Simmons, Josh Chair April 1, 2016 April 1, 2020 March 31, 2022 Individuals
Byrd-Sanicki, Megan Vice Chair April 1, 2020 April 1, 2020 March 31, 2022 Individuals
Bryant, Deb Director October 11, 2019 October 11, 2019 October 31, 2021 OSI Board
Chestek, Pamela Director April 1, 2019 April 1, 2019 March 31, 2022 Affiliates
Dang, Hong Phuc Director April 1, 2019 August 23, 2021 March 31, 2024 Affiliates
Aeva Black Assistant Secretary August 23, 2021 August 23, 2021 March 31, 2023 Individuals
Hinds, Tracy Treasurer / CFO October 11, 2019 October 11, 2019 October 31, 2021 OSI Board
Thierry Carrez Secretary August 23, 2021 August 23, 2021 March 31, 2024 Affiliates
Catharina Maracke Assistant Treasurer August 23, 2021 August 23, 2021 March 31, 2023 Individuals
Vignoli, Italo Director April 1, 2020 April 1, 2020 March 31, 2023 Affiliates

Responsibilities of OSI Board Directors


OSI Directors are expected to work actively and pro-actively as a member of the Board, OSI and open source community. It is understood Directors are volunteers, and each will be engaged in professional and personal responsibilities outside OSI. For different reasons, related to work, college/university, family, etc. there will be periods of time where a Director will be busy and/or can not commit to the demands of the Board or community, either as much as one would like or as much as is needed. However, this should be the exception, not the rule.

Board Member Agreement

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), I agree to meet the following expectations regarding my duties and responsibilities. (Pdf here.)

Our Commitments to each other:

This Board agreement is intended to establish clear and specific shared expectations so that each member and the Board collectively can recognize and respond to issues and concerns predictably and consistently, foster a culture of honesty, transparency and mutual accountability, and promote fair and accurate disclosure and financial reporting and deter wrongdoing. This agreement is not intended to override any applicable laws or any obligations pursuant to OSI’s Bylaws, Conflicts of Interest Policy, Code of Conduct, and Governance Guidelines or any other applicable policies.


The goal is to ensure that Board Members strive to foster OSI’s Mission, Core Values and Commitments in an ethical and consistent manner. While the commitments in this agreement focus primarily on the spaces where we participate in official work (OSI Wiki, OSI list groups, IRC, meetings, conferences), it is important to recognize that the public behavior of members, including outside OSI-organized spaces, also reflects on the OSI.

What’s expected of each Board member

  • Attend and participate in Board meetings and other forms of communication for ongoing discussions related to the OSI 
  • Provide financial oversight for planning, budgeting, and reporting to regularly review fiscal health of OSI
  • Support the Executive Director by managing expectations consistent with OSI’s strategic priorities as well as ensuring adequate resources are available for staff to implement strategy and goals
  • Own vision and mission by working with the Executive Director to drive strategic direction and define goals in line with the mission.  Approve and review a budget that helps ensure that OSI has the financial and other resources to support the vision and mission. 
  • Be ambassadors for OSI -  Representation includes attending open source events on behalf of the OSI, as well as contributing to the OSI's communications efforts through online presence, or participating in community open source discussions while upholding the model of director behavior in this Board Member Agreement
  • Be aware of and comply with the US laws and regulations that apply to OSI as a 501(c)(3) and not act outside of the scope of the OSI’s legal requirements

What Board Members Can Expect From Each Other

  • Foster collaborative discussion and listen to understand. Critique ideas rather than people, discuss concerns about individuals with them directly first whenever possible
  • Disagree during Board deliberation but support publicly all Board decisions, especially  those that do not have unanimous consent
  • Participate in board discussion by exploring issues in the context of the goals and mission of the organization. 
  • Expect and encourage Board directors and staff to respond in a straightforward and thorough fashion to questions they need answered so that directors can carry out their fiscal, legal, and other responsibilities to the organization.
  • Aim to remediate quickly, honestly and thoroughly when you realize you made a mistake. Members are human, and they will make mistakes. However they should act swiftly and fully to acknowledge mistakes and correct them
  • Information provided by deadlines in order for Board directors to make timely decisions in the best interest of OSI
  • Training, presentations, and scripts provided to support ambassador work
  • Well communicated and organized board meetings including calendar invites, agendas, and board packets. 
  • The organization will maintain Directors and Officers insurance for legal liability, and the Executive Director will maintain financial, personnel, and other management systems and procedures expected of U.S.-based non-profit organizations. 


What the Board can Expect from OSI Staff

  • Be aware of and comply with the OSI Conflict of Interest Policy and Code of Conduct
  • Be aware of and comply with privacy and disclosure rules and guidelines for OSI
  • Agree to operate in the best interest of the nonprofit, including disclosure of potential or actual conflicts of interest and not using this position to further personal interest
  • Contribute to promotional and fundraising activities to empower the executive director and staff
  • Contribute to the annual performance review for the Executive Director
  • Communication with staff and volunteers goes through the Executive Director or with their active consent. 


On Disclosures

  • Board members must sign, comply, with the Board Agreement (above.)
  • Board members must not disclose any information discussed on a private mailing list unless there is a consensus that it will not cause problems or controversy for the OSI and that it can be disclosed.
  • Private mailing lists are private in order to allow people to express freely and to receive and share information which under different circumstances would not be given. The Board members must guarantee the privacy of issues discussed there.
  • The disclosure of private communications is not acceptable unless there is agreement from all people and institutions involved.

On Endorsements

  • Any Director may endorse any public position statement or open letter that does not commit OSI to expenditure after discerning in good faith that members of the Board do not oppose such endorsement and validating that belief with two other Directors, having given all Directors equal opportunity to respond and having received no objections (see Board Meeting Minutes of May 8, 2013).


To promote and protect open source software and communities...

For over 20 years the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, the OSI champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the software in modified and unmodified form. Software freedom is essential to enabling community development of open source software.