Volunteers & Staff

The OSI exists and succeeds because of the commitments and contributions of our community. We would like to thank all of those who have stepped forward to support our work in promoting and protecting open source software, development and communities.

If you would like to help raise the awareness and adoption of open source software, please visit our wiki for information.

Business Office

Phyllis Dobbs, Controller
Phyllis Dobbs joined OSI as part-time Controller in December 2017. Phyllis is currently part-time Controller for Python Software Foundation, as well as a part-time accounting/finance consultant for the Lake Forest Symphony, the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, and the Alliance for Human Services. Previously, Phyllis was CFO of Shimer College and Controller for McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Phyllis has an MBA from Duke University and a B.S. in Accounting from Clemson University. In addition, Phyllis is Trustee at Cook Memorial Public Library, President of a condo association, volunteers annually with the IRS/AARP tax program, and is a clarinetist in the Libertvyille Village Band.

Patrick Masson, General Manager
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.

Community Outreach


Patrick French, Systems Administration
Patrick is a polyglot programmer who has been helping to keep the OSI servers running smoothly since 2011.

Nick Vidal, Drupal Administration
Nick lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil and is active in a variety of open source projects and communities, including Drupal, the Open Invention Network (OIN) and Startup Libre. Nick is interested in bringing together developers, entrepreneurs, and investors to share knowledge about open innovation and collaboration.