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Board & Governance

InnerSource Commons is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a set of corporate bylaws. The Board of Directors sets the policy and appoints officers that set and execute policy. The Board is elected by the Membership on a yearly basis. InnerSource Commons is incorporated in the US. As the community grows, we anticipate to found sister organizations in the European Union, Latin America, and other parts of the world.

The current Board:

Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper

Chairperson

Danese Cooper is the founder and chair of InnerSource Commons. She is a long term open source advocate, having previously served as the of head of open source software at PayPal, CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun, and senior director of open source strategies for Intel. Danese was also the inaugural chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the boards of Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Source Hardware Association, and she’s advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. Danese also runs a successful open source consultancy that counts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the SETI Institute, Harris, and Numenta as clients. She’s been known to knit through meetings.

Isabel Drost-Fromm

Isabel Drost-Fromm

President

Isabel Drost-Fromm is Open Source Strategist at Europace AG Germany. She`s a member of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founder of Apache Mahout and mentored several incubating projects. Isabel is interested in all things FOSS, search and text mining with a decent machine learning background. True to the nature of people living in Berlin she loves having friends fly in for a brief visit - as a result she co-founded and is still one of the creative heads behind Berlin Buzzwords, a tech conference on all things search, scale and storage.

Georg Grutter

Georg Grutter

Georg Grütter is a social coding evangelist and developer advocate at Bosch.IO. He co-founded and led the first InnerSource community at Bosch. Georg is a passionate software developer with over 30 years of experience. Previously, he held various positions and roles at Bosch, Line Information, the Zurich System House, and DaimlerChrysler. Georg has created two open source projects, who also loves photography and chocolate.

Johannes Tigges

Johannes Tigges

Johannes is a co-creator of the InnerSource Commons Learning Path and has worked on introducing InnerSource to HERE Technologies, a leading digital map and location company. Currently he offers coaching and consulting on Engineering Productivity, Open Source and InnerSource Strategy and OSPO topics as well as cloud solution architecture. He also works as a lecturer and delivers technical training on the topics mentioned above. He presents his work and thoughts at industry conferences like the FOSDEM or the InnerSource Commons Summit and has been active in Open Source communities for a long time. With a background in both computer science and sociology of organizations he has a unique perspective on software engineering organizations. In past roles, he has also worked on introducing Continuous Integration and Delivery to large research institutions, in DevOps roles for very large cloud based platforms and developed software within the Telco domain.

Daniel Izquierdo Cortazar

Daniel Izquierdo Cortazar

Vice President

Daniel Izquierdo Cortazar is a researcher and one of the founders of Bitergia, a company that provides software analytics for open source ecosystems. Currently the chief data officer at Bitergia, he is focused on the quality of the data, research of new metrics, analysis, and studies of interest for Bitergia customers via data mining and processing. Daniel holds a PhD in free software engineering from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, where he focused on the analysis of buggy developers activity patterns in the Mozilla Community. Daniel serves on the board and is a Member of the InnerSource Commons.

Jacob Green

Jacob Green

Jacob Green, the founder of Mosslabs.io, is an open source artist, strategist & systems builder working to expand the impact and application of Open Source in society globally. Hailing from Baltimore, passionate about open source in cities & universities, and working to connect institutions via open source. Prior to Mosslabs.io, Jacob was Director of Strategic Initiatives at LTNGlobal, building a unique global video transport network from the ground up and from first principles.

Klaas-Jan Stol

Klaas-Jan Stol

Klaas-Jan Stol is a lecturer with University College Cork, Ireland, a Funded Investigator with Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, and a Scientific Advisor with SINTEF, Norway. As an academic, he conducts research on contemporary software development approaches, as well as human and organizational aspects. He has long had an interest in InnerSource, and has published several papers on the topic. Klaas holds a PhD from the University of Limerick.

Sebastian Spier

Sebastian Spier

Sebastian Spier is Director of Engineering Programs at Meltwater, where he works on tools and methods to improve the daily work of 500+ engineers, removing frictions wherever possible. As an engineering manger for various software development teams, he has experienced InnerSource as a central building block to support successful collaboration in distributed teams. As a Member of the InnerSource Commons Foundation, he is maintaining the collection of InnerSource Patterns, always looking to help others to use and improve these patterns.

Tom Sadler

Tom Sadler

Secretary

Tom Sadler is a Software Engineering Team Lead for BBC iPlayer & Sounds, working in the connected TV space and focussing on cross-team collaboration, including InnerSource. Tom has been involved with the InnerSource Commons since 2019, speaking at multiple community events, is a Trusted Committer on the InnerSource Learning Path project, and lead on publishing the Learning Path to innersourcecommons.org.

History:

These fine people have served on our Board in previous years and we are listing them here to show our gratitude for their work. Thank you for your dedication to InnerSource and your active support of the InnerSource Commons Foundation!

Cedric Williams

Cedric Williams

All of Cedric’s work, personal and professional, has been guided by my desire to improve people's lives - mostly through technology. The possibilities that can be unlocked with software and hardware systems are literally limitless. Each of his engagements has been given me the opportunity to work on that in new ways, some more technology-focused, and some more focused directly on customers. All of them have given him a deep appreciation for the responsibility of technologists to always make sure that what we build makes things better for anyone involved.

Russell Rutledge

Russell Rutledge

Assistant Secretary

Russ Rutledge is the Senior Director of InnerSource and Collaboration at WellSky. WellSky is a leading technology company offering a range of software solutions that help organizations across the healthcare continuum. In this role, Russ is leading a transformational change in the company towards broad and pervasive InnerSource as the normal way that work gets done. Previously, Russ founded and led the Developer Collaboration effort at Nike. Russ's drive and passion is to enable all software engineers to achieve incredible technical and business throughput via quality tooling and streamlined work process.

Maximilian Capraro

Maximilian Capraro

Assistant Treasurer

Maximilian Capraro is a researcher and doctoral candidate at the Open Source Research Group at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He worked on inner source in research projects with a variety of companies including Black Duck Software, Continental, and multiple Siemens business units. He developed the patch-flow measurement method (for measuring software development collaboration) and the first classification framework for inner source projects and programs. His research interests the quantification of software development collaboration, inner source governance including legal and taxation aspects, and many other things around inner source, open source, and software engineering.

Tim Yao

Tim Yao

Tim is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and the Product Manager for Nokia Continuous Delivery in Nokia Cloud and Network Services. Over his twenty-plus year career in telecommunications, Tim has held roles in innovation, software testing, system engineering, architecture, and procurement. He served six years on the Alcatel-Lucent FOSS Executive Committee. Tim has experience creating grass roots communities within the company and outside of it; he is a volunteer co-Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month.

Silona Bonewald

Silona Bonewald

Treasurer

Silona Bonewald is the Executive Director for IEEE SA OPEN, a comprehensive platform offering the open source community cost-effective options for developing and validating their projects. Previously she was vice president of community architecture at Hyperledger, a global open source collaborative effort hosted by The Linux Foundation, where she integrated leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things (IoT), supply chains, and manufacturing. Other notable career accomplishments include, while with PayPal, pioneering the InnerSource process; for Siemens AG, creating a cutting-edge and Six Sigma-compliant e-commerce website; and for Ubisoft, creating an international content management system (CMS) architecture.