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Karen Sandler - Executive Director

Karen M. Sandler, currently Executive Director of Conservancy, was previously the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation from June 2011 through March 2014. Prior to taking up this position was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). Karen continues to do pro bono legal work with SFLC, and Question Copyright and serves as an officer of both the Conservancy and SFLC. Before joining SFLC, Karen worked as an associate in the corporate departments of Gibson, Dunn & 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 “Free as in Freedom” podcast.

Bradley M. Kuhn - President and Distinguished Technologist

Bradley M. Kuhn began his work in the Free Software Movement as a volunteer when, in 1992, he became an early adopter of the popular GNU/Linux operating system, and began contributing to various Free Software projects. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software development consultant for Westinghouse, Lucent Technologies, and numerous small companies. He also spent one year teaching Advanced Placement Computer Science (using GNU/Linux and GCC) at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. In January 2000, he was hired by the Free Software Foundation (FSF), and he served as its Executive Director from March 2001 until March 2005, when he left FSF to join the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), where he worked as SFLC's Policy Analyst and Technology Director from 2005 until October 2010, when he joined Conservancy as its Executive Director. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola College in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. His Master's thesis discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of Free Software languages.

Tony Sebro - General Counsel

Tony Sebro is a seasoned technology attorney with a broad base of business and legal experience relating to technology, strategy, and business development. Before joining Conservancy, Tony was most recently a Partner with the PCT Companies, a family of professional service firms. Prior to that, he was Program Director, Technology & Intellectual Property at IBM's Armonk, New York world headquarters, where he was responsible for developing and executing licensing strategies in partnership with IBM's Software Group. In that role, Tony led negotiations and structured deals with market leaders in the web technology, e-commerce, retail, enterprise software, and financial services sectors. Tony also led various internal strategic initiatives, including an effort to provide business leaders of key emerging market opportunities with coordinated intellectual property development and monetization strategies, as well as the revamping and supervision of IBM's corporate-wide process for determining the value and availability of patents for sale. Prior to his tenure at IBM, Mr. Sebro practiced law in the New York office of Kenyon & Kenyon, LLP, handling litigation and licensing matters for clients in the medical, pharmaceutical and mechanical technology areas. Tony received his J.D. and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tony is a member of the New York bar and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Tony is also an active participant in and supporter of the non-profit community, and has served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations.

Denver Gingerich - FLOSS License Compliance Engineer

Denver works part-time managing the technical side of Conservancy's license compliance work, triaging new reports and verifying complete and corresponding source (C&CS). His roles elsewhere have recently included financial trading software development on GNU/Linux and previously involved writing system software for hardware companies, including driver writing for the kernel named Linux at ATI (now AMD) and Qualcomm. He founded a company that designs and builds magnetic stripe readers for security hobbyists where he designed the hardware and developed the device's tools and firmware, which are both free software. Denver also writes free software in his spare time, with patches accepted into Wine, the kernel named Linux, and GNU wdiff. Denver received his BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. He gives presentations about digital civil rights and protecting the free software ecosystem, having spoken at conferences such as CopyCamp Toronto, FOSSLC's Summercamp, and the Open Video Conference.

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