Board - Annotated

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 of Simon Phipps Simon Phipps is a digital economy specialist and founder of Public Software CIC and Meshed Insights Ltd. As well as OSI, he is also a pro bono director of the Open Rights group and of The Document Foundation. He worked with OSI standards in the 80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the 90s, and helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM. In 2000 he joined Sun Microsystems where 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. 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.

Molly de Blanc
Photo of Molly  de BlancMolly de Blanc is an organizer interested in the intersections between education and technology, especially from the perspectives of rights, ethics, community engagement, and practical implementation. She works at edX as the Community Coordinator for the Open edX Project. From 2011-2014, she developed Creative Commons licensed open education resources at MIT OpenCourseWare, advocating for the necessity of free and open content and technologies in formal, non-traditional, and continuing educational contexts. Having previously been at the Berkman Center, One Laptop Per Child, and the Free Software Foundation, and an English language teacher in Mongolia and South Korea, she carries a broad perspective on the relationship between education, society, and technology in a global context. She tweets as @mmillions.

Richard Fontana
Photo of Richard FontanaRichard Fontana is a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property, technology transactions, open source, standards, data privacy and information security law. For the past decade he has focused particularly on open source legal and policy issues. Richard is currently Senior Commercial Counsel for Products and Technologies at Red Hat. He previously worked at Hewlett-Packard, where he was Senior Director and Associate General Counsel, Cloud & Open Source, and 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 - General Manager & Board 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 is an Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany, teaching Open Source Principles and Practices within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Department of Informatics.

Patrick has worked to promote the awareness and adoption of open source, particularly within education, throughout his career. He served on the Jasig Foundation's Board of Directors, and is currently on the Apereo Foundation's Advisory Council as well as Brandeis University's Graduate Professional Studies Advisory Board. He is the co-founder and current chair of the Educause Constituency Group on Openness. Patrick was also elected to his local Board of Education in 2014.

Mike Milinkovich
[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 who served as OSI President from 2015 to 2017. 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.

Josh Simmons
Photo of Josh SimmonsJosh Simmons is a web developer, community strategist, open source advocate, speaker, and (soon) author with a penchant for armchair philosophy. Josh began working with open source technology as a child and started in community work shortly thereafter. He began giving back to his local community in 2011 and the global community in 2013 -- first with code, then through advocacy and community management. Josh served as O'Reilly's community manager for OSCON from 2013 to 2016 and began a new adventure at Google's Open Source Programs Office in early 2016. You can follow him on Twitter @joshsimmons.

Carol Smith
Photo of Carol SmithCarol Smith is a an open source program manager currently at Microsoft. She has worked in technology for more than 14 years, helping to build networks for Google's datacenters, managing Google Summer of Code for 6 years, and overseeing the GitHub Student Developer Pack for almost a year. Her expertise in people and systems is part of why she is so interested in making technology more accessible to under-represented groups. She served on the Board of Directors for the Metabrainz Foundation as Secretary and Treasurer for 7 years and has also trained as an anti-domestic-violence counselor. Carol is an avid cyclist, cook, and horseback rider. You can follow her on Twitter at @fossygrl.

Paul Tagliamonte
[Photo]Paul Tagliamonte is a Software Engineer, Debian Developer, Open Government hacker, and life-long GNU/Linux user. Paul serves on the Debian FTP Team, the team responsible for maintaining the Debian Archive, as well as interpreting the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG). Paul maintains a handful of packages, such as Docker, golang, and Fluxbox. As an active Pythonista, Paul enjoys pushing Python to its limits, going so far as to implement a Lisp called Hy that compiles to Python bytecode. Paul works as the State and Local Development lead at the nonpartisan nonprofit Sunlight Foundation, developing FOSS solutions to allow citizens keep the Government accountable.

Italo Vignoli
Photo of Italo VignoliItalo Vignoli is a founding member of The Document Foundation and Associazione LibreItalia, and the Chairman Emeritus of the latter. He handles LibreOffice PR and media relations, coordinates the certification program, and is a spokesman for the project. He has contributed to the largest migration projects to LibreOffice in Italy, and is a LibreOffice trainer. From 2004 to 2010 he has been involved in the OOo project. In his professional life, he is a marketing consultant with over 35 years of experience in high tech, and a teacher of marketing, public speaking and PR post-graduate courses. He has a Degree in Humanities at the University of Milan, and MBAs in Marketing, Public Relations and Journalism.

OSI Web Support Team

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

Previous Board Members

See the list of people who have previously served on the OSI board.