2013 Individual Membership Candidates

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Here's a list of every qualified candidate for an OSI Board seat in the 2013 elections (sorted alphabetically by full name). Each candidate gets their own wiki page, on which they can write whatever they want to communicate to voters:

Chris Aniszczyk


Who am I?

I'm an engineer by trade with a passion for pragmatic open source and building communities. I first started out my open source experience by working heavily on Gentoo (Java/Accessibility) and then became an Eclipse committer where I led the Plug-in Development tools for many years. I currently sit on the Eclipse Foundation's Board of Directors representing the committer community and help the Eclipse Foundation move to Git/Gerrit recently.

At my current job, I created Twitter's open source program office from scratch a couple years ago and currently lead their open source efforts. Twitter is built on open source software and it's great to support communities we rely on (we also are a corporate sponsor of the OSI). It's also been a fun challenge be part of a company that has been growing fast and has open sourced over 100 projects over the past few years. If you'd like to learn more about Twitter's open source operation, I recommend looking at a presentation I gave recently at Monkigras: Open Source Craft at Twitter.

I also love to run and try to keep a sub 20 minute 5km time with all the travel I do emoticon_smile

You can reach out to me on Twitter at @cra or read my blog for more information about me.

Why am I running?

I'm running for the board of the OSI because I love open source and would like to make a larger impact in seeing the OSI reach out more to industry. I would like to see more companies, universities and government offices establish “open source offices” (or programs) and have proper means of participating and giving back to open source. I'd even like to replicate the open source program I setup at Twitter so other companies can setup their own open source offices. Furthermore, as the industry is changing, I would like to see the OSI not only focus on open source software, but realize that there's more out there in terms of hardware and data. I also have a selfish interest in seeing the OSI support efforts around open data since I'm looking to start an open data program at Twitter soon and I'd like to see the OSI shape some policies in this regard (we could benefit from the collaboration). Finally as the OSI transitions to a member organization, I would like to find a way to attract more corporate members who benefit from the OSI on top of individual members.

Thank you for considering me as a candidate and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Alê Borba


Community Manager at iMasters

Open Source Evangelist and Development Evangelist at iMasters. Working hard to grow the developers communities and Open Source Projects that we are envolved in.
Columnist for Open Source at iMasters Magazine. Use to be a writer and editor of open source articles at the Espirito Livre Magazine (A Brazilian Open Source Magazine).

- Co-founder Coding For Change
 - Core developer at Postmon
 - Contributor at PHP-SP
 - Contributor at DojoSP
 - Tux-ES Member
 - GruPy-SP Member
 - Speaker at #youPix 2011 - “How to monetize your Tumblr”
 - Curator of Hackathon InterCon 2011
 - Speaker at 2nd Mercado Livre DevsDay - “API - Why Should I Care?”
 - Speaker at 14o. Encontro Locaweb (several) - “Coding Dojo - And So What?!”
 - Curator of Hackathon InterCon 2012
 - Speaker at III EATI - “From the Community to the Community” - Frederico Westphalen - RS
 - Speaker at 4o. Open Source Jam Google Brazil - “Coding For Change”
 - Juror at 1o. Concurso Nacional de Jogos - SEBRAE

AWS Professional
 Amazon Web Services Brazil
 December 2012

Thanks to consider me.

Jeff Creswell,


Applications Engineer at iBiquity Digital Corporation

Hello OSI,

My name is Jeff Creswell and I am passionate about open source technology. I just graduated from Montclair State University with my Master's degree in Computer Science and have been continuing my studies independently since then, focusing on artificial intelligence, graphics processing, and robotics. My expertise is more in the domain of software, but I do also enjoy working with open source hardware like the Arduino microcontroller.

As a wearer of many hats with respect to open source I believe I can bring a useful perspective to the OSI board. I have worked in a two-man indie game development studio for a few years now in my free time while working full time with an intellectual property-driven DSP company, and I try to commit useful and/or interesting modules from my various personal projects to my public github account whenever I can. Essentially, my composite development environment ranges from totally open source to super-secret source, so I understand both the philosophy behind strict open source licenses like the GPL and the utility behind more permissive licenses like MIT, BSD, and ZLIB.

My favorite systems are embedded, preferably within robots!

Richard Fontana


I'm a lawyer with both substantive expertise and passionate interest in open source and free software legal and policy issues. That interest is ultimately rooted in having been an enthusiastic user of free software (particularly Linux distributions) for some 16 years, but it has also been shaped by many years of experience as a legal counselor for open source project developers, open source/free software nonprofits, and commercial entities involved in open source use and development.

For the past 5.5 years I have been the open source legal specialist at Red Hat, the world's largest provider of open source-based products to enterprises and a company whose engineering methodology is thoroughly tied to community open source project development. During 2005-2008 I was counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center. At SFLC I represented a number of nonprofit clients, but my principal client was the Free Software Foundation and my work focused on the drafting of GPLv3, LGPLv3 and AGPLv3 with Richard Stallman and Eben Moglen.

I am a frequent speaker on topics at the intersection of open source, law and policy, to diverse technical, legal and business audiences. During the past year, in my free time, I have been leisurely leading a project to transparently draft a new, simple and innovative copyleft license, copyleft-next. Though still a long way from a 1.0.0 release, it has already proved a useful opportunity to explore new ideas in open source licensing and the process of public and collaborative license drafting.

Why I am running

To continue its successful growth, open source must rest on firm foundations of legal and philosophical principle. In the absence of much helpful legislative and judicial guidance, community authorities like the OSI play a critical role in establishing and strengthening the legal framework that allows open source development to work. The OSI must continue its historical central mission of maintaining, interpreting and applying the Open Source Definition, and I believe my experience will enable me to make significant contributions to this work. It relates closely to my efforts with Tom Callaway to maintain the influential lists of acceptable and unacceptable licenses for the Fedora Project. I would like to see the OSI increase its activism in opposing “open-washing”, the dilution of the meaning of open source.

I have at times critiqued the OSI's past record in license approvals. A good sense of my constructive criticism, and the kind of perspective I would bring to the OSI, can be gleaned from my LinuxCon NA 2012 talk “The Tragedy of the Commons Gatekeepers” (covered in LWN and recorded on the Free as in Freedom podcast). I believe strongly that the OSI's currency is integrity and consistency. License approval decisions and rejections must be grounded in the Open Source Definition, with public rationale, but we should also determine whether any elements of the OSD itself need to be reformed.

The OSI should play a more active role in defining norms of community project development that go beyond the mostly legal criteria of the OSD. Perhaps an open community development definition is something for which the OSI could exercise authoritative stewardship. This is particularly important at a time when an exciting new wave of corporate involvement in collaborative projects is occurring, typified by such projects as OpenStack and OpenDaylight (in both of which I have participated in legal policy committees).

My experiences have given me an inclusive vision of what the open source and free software community ought to be. The software freedom community is a big tent, spanning many ideological views and policy interests. I would like to continue the commendable work of the current OSI leadership in building bridges to free software community interests that for years were in tension with it, and my particular professional background gives me the credibility to engage in this work. The OSI's authoritative reputation in the commercial world is one of its most important assets, and I would like to help the OSI build upon it to strengthen the connections between the commercial world and developer communities.

How to contact me

Please reach out to me if you have any questions. I'm @richardfontana on Twitter.

Doug Gaff


Sr. Director of Technology, NPR

I got my start in the open source community in 2005 when I joined the Eclipse Community as a Project Lead for Eclipse projects focused on embedded software development. From 2005-2009, I served in several roles in the community:

While working on Eclipse, I helped build Wind River's adoption and contribution strategy for the CDT and the DSDP projects, and I was responsible for Wind River's staffing of open source contributions. My DSDP Blog.

At National Public Radio, my team is responsible for NPR member station digital technologies, including web and mobile sites, streaming, analytics, pledging, scheduling, and content APIs. I've helped NPR develop an open source contribution policy/strategy so that all tech teams inside NPR are able to easily engage in open source communities. Our recent contributions include a Wordpress plugin and set of Drupal modules to support the NPR API.

Finally, I'll be speaking at OSCon 2013 on how you can increase open source adoption and contribution in your company.

I'm running for the Board of Directors for OSI because I love Open Source Software and Hardware. OSI has been an excellent resource for information and education around open source, and I frequently refer people here to learn about the myriad of CopyLeft licenses. I'm excited about OSI moving to member-based organization, and I want to be a part of that transition.

Thanks for considering me in the election.

Luis Ibanez


Technical Leader at Kitware

I started with Open Source back in 1996 while working on my Ph.D. dissertation on image processing at Telecom Bretagne in Brest, France. At the time, it was mind blowing to get a low cost PC, install the Slackware Linux distribution and get a computer that outperformed the Silicon Graphics stations of the laboratory. From these early days it became quite clear to me that Open Source was not really about the software, but about the people who create, share, and improve the software, and about the people who share their time, knowledge and skills to help each other grow and get things done. It was thanks to friends and colleagues that I got to learn how to reconfigure and recompile the Linux Kernel, to be able to use that new Voodoo graphic card in those early days. That lesson remains very clear. The software is only a tangible side-product of the real strength of Open Source: The Community.

I'm running for the OSI Board because I want to give back to the larger open source community. OSI is a pillar for the entire open source movement, and I would like to serve in order to further OSI's mission of open source education, advocacy and threading the fabric of the community among individuals, and public and private organizations.

I have been

I am currently:

Blog frequently at:

This advocacy activity led to

I have found that Education is an integral part of Open Source life, and that a great deal of work remains to be done in order to reach the full potential of open source in higher education. In that path I have:

These teaching activities along with hackathons are greatly needed to put colleges student in touch with the essential activities of Open Source communities.

Have presented the following talks at OSCON:

and co-authored:

I confess to having recently developed an addiction to the Raspberry Pi, that is currently being treated by writing blogs about it.

Here is my Github account and my Ohloh records.

My coding has been focused on C++ since 1999, mostly working on the Insight Toolkit (ITK), a library for medical image analysis.

Lately I have been working on promoting the M language and NoSQL database, in order to revitalize the space of Healthcare IT with young open source developers.

Jonas Öberg


My story

In 1993, I spent the summer learning English at the university in Swansea. I came back from Swansea with a suitcase full of floppy disks carrying portions of Yggdrasil Linux/GNU/X, as well as anything else I could lay my hands on from the Funet FTP archive in Finland.

Later, in 1999, I spent some sleepless nights at sofas in the then AI Lab on 545 Technology Square in Cambridge, MA. I went with Richard Stallman, Tim Ney, and others from the Free Software Foundation to The Bazaar in the Javits Center in New York. It was the first Free and Open Source Software exhibition I attended and while it was certainly not the last, it remains as a fond memory of the early days of our movement.

Hi, my name is Jonas Öberg, and I am a candidate for the Board of the Open Source Initiative.

Iam also:

You may know me from places such as:

I'm running for the board of the Open Source Initiative since I believe that my experience from both the Free and Open Source community, and the Free Culture community, would benefit the larger board and the work of the Open Source Initiative. I believe that our community today is too fragmented; sometimes for valid reasons, but often because we do not communicate enough between the various groups. It would be useful to change this and this is one of the activities that I would like to engage in in the Board: to increase the quality of the relations not only between the Free and Open Source communities (to the extent they are separate), but also between culture, hardware, data, government, and all other fields that are using (and sometimes abusing) the Free* and Open* namespace.

As a Fellow of the Shuttleworth Foundation, my focus today is on making licenses such as Creative Commons work better by embedding attribution and license metadata in digital works and thus making attribution an automated function of the tools that we use. You can follow my work on this at Commons Machinery.

By the way, the image of me used above, was taken by Kristina Alexanderson and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

Julie Russell

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Hi! I'm Julie…

I'm in the middle of the United States, in the middle of the State of Illinois, in the middle of a town called Peoria. But, I like to think big. And perhaps I'm getting in the middle of something big with the OSI board.

I'm not a coder, I'm not a developer. I'm not in international business. I'm a successful small business owner and member. I use open source every day in my agency. I promote open source environments to convert commercial online investments into open source investments, waving our banner proudly.

What I am good at is communication. Listening, understanding, marketing and promotion. We need good guidance, and every team needs someone who can put those thoughts into action. The board will have natural leaders planning the next routes, I would be the small business mind asking big questions and converting those ideas into solid strategies that find the win-win.

The world talks in dollars and cents, I pride myself in talking in dollars and sense. That I promise to you.

I very much appreciate your vote. It would be an investment for our future together.

Julie Russell
AdCo Advertising Agency, In
 President and Founder 1997



  • Count Me In, Make Mine a Million National Campaign 3rd place-2010
  • Peoria Journal Star, Business Blueprint Feature-2010
  • National Telly Awards 12 awards received between 2010-2013
  • National Davey Awards 8 awards received between 2010-2013
  • National Addy Awards 2011
  • Peoria Woman Magazine, Cover and Feature Article-2006
  • Prescott E. Bloom Distinguished Services Award, Peoria Jaycees-2001
  • Radio Ink Magazine, National Radio Wayne Street Fighter of the Year-1997
  • Presented during the Radio Advertising Bureau’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. This award is the radio industry’s top award given to the person who represents high quality, high ethics and who appropriately carries the radio banner
  • 40 Leaders Under 40 Award-1997
  • Peoria Advertising & Selling Club, Ad Clubber of the Year-1993-1994

Memberships/Community Involvement

  • Business PAC of Central Illinois 2009-Present Vice President 2013
  • Methodist Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors 2012-Present
  • ArtsPartners 1999-2008 Founding Board of Directors 1999-2008 Treasurer 1999-2001 President 2005-2007
  • Bradley University Alumni Board of Directors 2007-2009 Mentor Program 2000-Present
  • Peoria City Beautiful 2000-2006 Board of Directors 2000-2006 Marketing Chair 2004-2005
  • Peoria Advertising & Selling Club 1991-Present Board of Directors 1991-2000 President 1995-1996
  • Junior League of Peoria 1994-Present Board of Directors; 1996, 1998 and 1999, 2009
  • YWCA Board of Directors 1993-1999

Candidates should be aware of the responsibilities expected of OSI Board members.

Created by Patrick Masson on 2013.11.29 at 16:37:35 PST

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