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<h1>Evaluation Committee</h1>

<p>The Evaluation Committee evaluates projects that have applied to become
members of Conservancy.
  Conservancy's <a href="/about/board/">Board of
    Directors</a> <a href="/news/2013/apr/23/linksvayer-and-eval-committee/">formally
    charters and authorizes</a> this Committee to offer <a href="/members/">membership to
  projects</a> <a href="/members/apply/">that apply</a>
    for membership in Conservancy.</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

<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>Tom Callaway</h2>

<p>Tom Callaway has been working for Red Hat since 2001. He started in
Sales Engineering and has been the Fedora Engineering Manager since 2008.
He served three consecutive elected terms on the Fedora Board from 2007 to
2011. Tom also maintains or co-maintains a large number of Packages in
Fedora (currently 390) and is leading the Fedora Packaging Committee,
responsible for RPM Packaging Standards and Practices.  Additionally, he is
responsible for managing Fedora's Legal issues.  Tom frequently represents
Fedora and Free Software at conferences around the world, and tries his
best not to make too big of a fool of himself.</p>

<p>When not working, Tom enjoys geocaching, ice hockey, gaming, science
fiction, and pinball.</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>Bdale Garbee is a technologist and community builder. He has deep
  connections to free and open source software communities, having been an
  early participant in the Debian community and board member of Software in
  the Public Interest for a decade. He also has substantial coporate
  experience in the field, and has recently retired (for the second time)
  from an impressive career at HP/HPE. Garbee also serves on the boards of
  the Freedombox Foundation and Aleph Objects. He is a co-founder of Altus
  Metrum, LLC, is a small business that designs, builds, and sells completely
  open hardware and open source avionics solutions for use in high power
  model rockets. Garbee is a frequent speaker and presence at free and open
  source software events. </p>

<h2>Bradley M. Kuhn</h2>

<p><a href="">Bradley M. Kuhn</a> is
the <a href="">Policy Fellow and
Hacker-in-Residence</a> at <a href="">Software Freedom
Conservancy</a> and editor-in-chief
of <a href=""></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="">FSF's GPL enforcement</a>,
launched <a href="">its Associate Member
program</a>, and invented
the <a href="">Affero GPL</a>.  Kuhn
began as Conservancy's primary volunteer from 2006–2010, and became its first
staff person in 2011.  Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science
from <a href="">Loyola
University in Maryland</a>, and an M.S. in Computer Science from
the <a href="">University of
Cincinnati</a>.  <a href="">Kuhn's
Master's thesis</a> discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of Free
Software programming languages.  Kuhn received
the <a href="">O'Reilly
Open Source Award in 2012</a>, in recognition for his lifelong policy work on
copyleft licensing.  Kuhn has <a href="">a
blog</a> and co-hosts
the audcast, <a href=""><cite>Free as in

<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>Tom Marble</h2>

<p>Tom Marble is best known for being the first &ldquo;OpenJDK
Ambassador&rdquo; on the Sun Microsystems core team that open sourced the
Java programming language. He continues to apply his community experiences in
open source projects and his interest in intellectual property by
co-organizing the legal and policy issues track at Europe's largest open
conference, <a href="">FOSDEM</a>. Marble
is committed to increasing diversity in technology by volunteering as an
organizer for <a href="">ClojureBridge</a>, a
weekend workshop for women to learn the Clojure programming language, as well
as Debian's participation
in <a href="">Outreachy</a>. He is the founder of
Informatique, Inc., a consultancy which leverages his hardware, software and
legal engineering background for client projects as diverse as telematics for
electric vehicles, probabilistic model checking, autonomous cyber defense,
and multiplayer online gaming.</p>

<h2>Deb Nicholson</h2>

<p>Deb Nicholson wants to make the world a better place with technology and
social justice for all. After many years of local political organizing, she
started handling outreach for the Free Software Foundation and became an
enthusiastic free software activist. She likes talking to developers about
software patents, to project maintainers about leadership and to activists
about free software. She is currently the Community Outreach Director at
the <a href="">Open Invention Network</a>
and the Community Manager at <a href="">GNU
MediaGoblin</a>. She also serves on the board
at <a href="">Open Hatch</a>, a.k.a. Free Software's
Welcoming Committee. Nicholson also organizes Boston Software Freedom

<h2>Karen Sandler</h2>
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<p>Karen M. Sandler is Executive Director of Conservancy. She was previously
the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. In partnership with the GNOME
Foundation, Karen co-organizes the award winning Outreach Program for
Women. Prior to taking up this position, Karen was General Counsel of the
Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). She continues to do pro bono legal work
with SFLC, the GNOME Foundation and QuestionCopyright.Org. Before joining
SFLC, Karen worked as an associate in the corporate departments of Gibson,
Dunn &amp; Crutcher LLP in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and
London. Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where
she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and
Technology Law Review. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in engineering
from The Cooper Union. She is a recipient of an O'Reilly Open Source Award
and also co-host of the <a href="">&ldquo;Free as in
Freedom&rdquo; podcast</a>.</p>

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