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

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.

Chris Lamb
Photo of Chris Lamb Chris Lamb is the current Debian Project Leader, a life-long GNU/Linux user, the primary author of dozens of free/open-source projects & contributor to 100s of others. After working in the London tech scene, Chris become a freelancer and is relishing the opportunities this has offered him with respect to contributing more to the open source community. Within Debian, Chris is part of the team that interprets the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) as well as heavily involved in tooling for improving software quality. He has also highly active in the cross-distribution Reproducible Builds effort for which he awarded a grant from the Core Infrastructure Initiative.

Faidon Liambotis
Faidon Liambotis is a systems engineer, software developer and free software hacker. He has been using, advocating for and contributing to free/open source software since the early 2000s. He has been a volunteer contributor and member of the Debian project in various capacities since 2006. Since 2012, he has been working for the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that supports Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects, most recently as a Director of Site Reliability Engineering.

Patrick Masson - General Manager
[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, including roles as Director of the UCLA Media Lab, CIO within The State University of New York, and most recently, CTO at UMassOnline. 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 of the Educause Constituency Group on Openness. Patrick was also elected to his local Board of Education in 2014.

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 - Treasurer
Photo of Josh SimmonsJosh Simmons is a web developer, community strategist, open source advocate, and speaker 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 2016. You can learn more about him at and follow him on Twitter @joshsimmons.

Carol Smith - Secretary
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.

Italo Vignoli - Assistant Treasurer
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.