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<h1>Directors</h1>

<p>Like many non-profits, Conservancy is directed by a
self-perpetuating Board of Directors, who
appoint the <a href="/about/staff/">Executive Director and staff</a> to carry out the
day-to-day operations of the organization.  The Directorship of the
Conservancy includes both talented non-profit managers and experienced
FLOSS project leaders who can both guide the administrative operations of
the organization as well as mentor member project leaders as needed.  Our
Directors constantly search for additional directors who can contribute a
variety of expertise and perspective related to the Conservancy's
mission.</p>

<p>Currently, the directors of Conservancy are:</p>

<h2>Jeremy Allison</h2>

<p>Jeremy Allison is one of the lead developers on the Samba Team, a
group of programmers developing an Open Source Windows compatible file
and print server product for UNIX systems. Developed over the Internet
in a distributed manner similar to the Linux system, Samba is used by
all Linux distributions as well as many thousands of corporations and
products worldwide. Jeremy handles the co-ordination of Samba
development efforts and acts as a corporate liaison to companies using
the Samba code  commercially.</p>

<p>He works for Google, Inc. who fund him to work on improving Samba and
solving the problems of  Windows and Linux interoperability.</p>

<h2>Kate Chapman</h2>

<p>Kate Chapman is Chief Technology Officer of the Cadasta Foundation,
leading the organization’s technology team and strategy. Cadasta
develops free and open source software to help communities document their
land rights around the world. Chapman is recognized as a leader in the
domains of open source geospatial technology and community mapping, and an
advocate for open imagery as a public good. Over the past 15 years she’s
worked on geospatial problems of all kinds, including tracking malaria
outbreaks, mapping private residences for emergency response, and even
analyzing imaginary items used in geospatial games. Chapman co-founded the
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and served as the organization’s first
Executive Director. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of
Directors of the OpenStreetMap Foundation.</p>

<h2>Dr. Laura Fortunato</h2>

<p><a href="http://www.santafe.edu/~fortunato/">Dr. Laura Fortunato</a>
is associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at the University
of Oxford, where she researches the evolution of human social and
cultural behavior, working at the interface of anthropology and
biology. An advocate of reproducible computational methods in
research, including the use of Free/Open-Source tools, she founded the
<a href="https://rroxford.github.io/">Reproducible Research Oxford</a>
project, with the aim to foster a culture of reproducibility and open
research at Oxford.</p>

<p>Laura holds a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of
Padova and masters and PhD in Anthropology from University College
London. Before joining Oxford she was an Omidyar fellow at the <a
href="http://www.santafe.edu/">Santa Fe Institute</a>, where she is
currently an External Professor and a member of the Science Steering
Committee. She is also a member of the steering group of the <a
href="http://www.ukrn.org/">UK Reproducibility Network</a>, a peer-led
consortium that aims to promote robust research practice in the UK.</p>

<h2>Mark Galassi</h2>

<p>Mark Galassi has been involved in the GNU project since 1984. He
currently works as a researcher in the International, Space, and Response
division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he has worked on the
HETE-2 satellite, ISIS/Genie, the Raptor telescope, the Swift satellite,
and the muon tomography project. In 1997 Mark took a couple of years off
from Los Alamos (where he was previously in the ISR division and the
Theoretical Astrophysics group) to work for Cygnus (now a part of Red Hat)
writing software and books for eCos, although he continued working on the
HETE-2 satellite (an astrophysical Gamma Ray Burst mission) part
time. Mark earned his BA in Physics at Reed College and a PhD from the
Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook. </p>

<h2>Bdale Garbee</h2>

<p><a href="https://gag.com/bdale/">Bdale Garbee</a> has been a contributor
to the Free Software community since 1979.  Bdale's background also includes
many years of hardware design, Unix internals, and embedded systems work.
He was an early participant in the Debian project, helped port Debian
GNU/Linux to 5 architectures, served as Debian Project Leader, then
chairman of the Debian Technical Committee for nearly a decade, and remains
active in the Debian community.</p>

<p>Bdale served as an HP Fellow in the Office of the CTO until 2016 where
he led HP's open source strategy work.  Bdale served as President of
Software in the Public Interest for a decade.  He served nearly as long on
the board of directors of the Linux Foundation representing individual
affiliates and the developer community.  Bdale currently serves on the
boards of the Freedombox Foundation, Linux Professional Institute, and
Aleph Objects.</p>

<h2>Bradley M. Kuhn</h2>

<a href="http://ebb.org/bkuhn/">Bradley M. Kuhn</a> is
the <a href="/about/staff/#bkuhn">Policy Fellow and Hacker-in-Residence</a>
at <a href="/">Software Freedom Conservancy</a> and editor-in-chief
of <a href="https://copyleft.org">copyleft.org</a>. Kuhn began his work in
the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early
adopter of Linux-based systems, and began contributing to various Free
Software projects, including Perl.  He worked during the 1990s as a system
administrator and software developer for various companies, and taught AP
Computer Science at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati.  Kuhn's
non-profit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the FSF.  As FSF's
Executive Director from 2001&ndash;2005, Kuhn
led <a href="https://www.fsf.org/licensing">FSF's GPL enforcement</a>,
launched <a href="https://www.fsf.org/associate/">its Associate Member
program</a>, and invented
the <a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.html">Affero GPL</a>.  Kuhn
was appointed President of Software Freedom Conservancy in April 2006, was
Conservancy's primary volunteer from 2006&ndash;2010, and has been a
full-time staffer since early 2011.  Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in
Computer Science
from <a href="http://www.loyola.edu/academic/computerscience">Loyola
University in Maryland</a>, and an M.S. in Computer Science from
the <a href="http://www.cs.uc.edu/">University of
Cincinnati</a>.  <a href="http://www.ebb.org/bkuhn/articles/thesis/">Kuhn's
Master's thesis</a> discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of Free
Software programming languages.  Kuhn received
the <a href="http://www.oscon.com/oscon2012/public/schedule/detail/25039">O'Reilly
Open Source Award in 2012</a>, in recognition for his lifelong policy work on
copyleft licensing.  Kuhn has <a href="http://ebb.org/bkuhn/blog/">a
blog</a> and co-hosts
the audcast, <a href="http://faif.us/"><cite>Free as in Freedom</cite></a>.
  
<h2>Mike Linksvayer</h2>

<p>Mike Linksvayer serves on the boards of AcaWiki and OpenHatch,
and on the Open Definition Advisory Council, and is Policy Director at GitHub.
Previously Mike was CTO, VP, and a Senior Fellow at Creative Commons, and a
co-founder of Bitzi, an early open content/open
data mass collaboration platform.</p>

<h2>Martin Michlmayr</h2>

<p>Martin Michlmayr has been involved in various free and open source
software projects for over 20 years.  He acted as the leader of the
Debian project for two years, served on the board of the Open Source
Initiative (OSI) for six years and currently serves on the board of
Software Freedom Conservancy.  Martin earned a PhD from the University
of Cambridge and he received an O'Reilly Open Source Award in 2013 for
his contributions to the open source community.</p>

<h2>Allison Randal</h2>

<p>Over the course of multiple decades as a free software developer,
Allison has worked in a wide variety of projects and domains, from
games, linguistic analysis tools, websites, mobile apps, shipping
fulfillment, and talking smart-home appliances, to programming language
design, compilers, hypervisors, containers, deployment automation,
database replication, and operating systems.</p>

<p>She is a board member at the Perl Foundation, a board member at the
OpenStack Foundation, and co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for
free software community leaders. At various points in the past she has
served as president of the Open Source Initiative, president of the Perl
Foundation, board member of the Python Software Foundation, chairman of
the Parrot Foundation, chief architect of the Parrot virtual machine,
Open Source Evangelist at O’Reilly Media, conference chair of OSCON,
Technical Architect of Ubuntu, Open Source Advisor at Canonical,
Distinguished Technologist and Open Source Strategist at HP, and
Distinguished Engineer at SUSE. She collaborates in the Debian project,
and is currently taking a mid-career research sabbatical at the
University of Cambridge.</p>

<h2>Tony Sebro</h2>

<p>Tony currently serves as the Deputy General Counsel for
    the <a href="https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Home">Wikimedia
    Foundation</a>, where he manages the day-to-day operations of Wikimedia's
    legal department, and provide specific expertise on free and open source
    licensing, intellectual property, non-profit law, and privacy matters.
    Tony is also an organizer of
    Conservancy's <a href="https://outreachy.org">Outreachy</a> project,
    which provides paid internships in free and open source for people from
    groups traditionally underrepresented in tech.  Prior to joining
    Wikimedia, Tony served as General Counsel (and &ldquo;Employee #2&rdquo;)
    of Software Freedom Conservancy for over six years.  Tony has also spent
    time in the private sector with PCT Law Group and Kenyon &amp; Kenyon, and as
    an intellectual property licensing and business development professional
    with IBM.  Tony received an O'Reilly Open Source Award in 2017.  Tony is
    an active participant in and supporter of the non-profit community, and
    lives in the Bay Area with his family.</p>

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