Who's Involved

Board of Directors

The Outercurve Foundation is served by a board of directors as defined in our by-laws.   We currently have one open board seat, and with recently announced changes to our by-laws, the board of directors now has the ability to expand the board to as many as 12 seats.  Current seats expire as follows: Sam Ramji - April 2015, Gianugo Rabellino - April 2015, Jim Jagielski - April 2014, and Tony Hey - April 2016.


Sam Ramji
Sam Ramji, Board Secretary
Apigee Corp.

Sam Ramji is Vice President of Strategy at Apigee, a provider of analytics, management and cloud governance solutions for APIs and cloud services. Apigee is focused on accelerating the arrival of the open cloud economy.

Prior to Apigee, Ramji was the senior director of platform strategy at Microsoft and led open source strategy across the company. In this role he led the company to contribute to a range of strategic open source technologies including PHP and Linux, driving sustainable business growth through customer demand for interoperability. Ramji had previously served at Microsoft as director of emerging business for the Silicon Valley Campus, where he managed relationships with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Other experience includes leading technical product strategy at BEA Systems, leading engineering teams building large-scale applications on Open Source software at Ofoto.com, as well as hands-on development of client, client-server and distributed applications on Unix, Windows and Macintosh at prior companies.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California at San Diego, and is a member of the Institute for Generative Leadership.

Gianugo Rabellino
Gianugo Rabellino, Board Treasurer
Microsoft Open Technologies

Gianugo Rabellino is the Senior Director for Open Source Communities at Microsoft. He is also a Vice President of the Apache XML Project Management Committee and Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Sourcesense. Gianugo has a deep understanding of open source technologies and platforms, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the group of passionate and committed individuals who share his same enthusiasm for interoperability and openness between Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms.

Jim Jagielski
Jim Jagielski, Board President
Red Hat Inc.

Jim Jagielski is Sr Consulting Software Engineer for Red Hat, working under the office of the CTO. Jim is best known for his deep, long-term involvement in open source and with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Within the ASF, which he co-founded, Jim is an active, core developer in numerous projects, including Apache Tomcat, Apache APR, and Apache HTTPd, in which he is the longest active committer within that project. He also serves on the board of directors of the ASF, a position he has held since its inception. At the ASF he has served as EVP/Secretary for 8 years, Chairman for the last 3 years and presently serves as President.Over his career, Jim has served as CTO for Zend Technologies and Covalent Technologies and as Chief Open Source Officer, Principal Software Engineer for VMware/SpringSource. He founded jaguNET Access Services, a web solutions company and he also was a manager and engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has spoken and presented at numerous conferences and seminars, and is a sought after resource by reporters and analysts regarding Apache and open source in general. He is also a noted author, having written numerous articles, including a monthly section in several magazines. Previously, he was also editor of the Apache section on Slashdot.

Tony Hey
Tony Hey, Board Vice President
Corporate Vice President, External Research – Microsoft

Tony Hey is responsible for the worldwide external research and technical computing strategy across Microsoft Corporation. He leads the company's efforts to build long-term public-private partnerships with global scientific and engineering communities, spanning broad reach and in-depth engagements with academic and research institutions, related government agencies and industry partners. His responsibilities also include working with internal Microsoft groups to build future technologies and products that will transform computing for scientific and engineering research. Hey also oversees Microsoft Research's efforts to enhance the quality of higher education around the world.

Before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.'s e-Science Initiative, managing the government's efforts to provide scientists and researchers with access to key computing technologies. Before leading this initiative, Hey worked as Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science; and, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Southampton, where he helped build the department into one of the most respected computer science research institutions in England.

His research interests focus on parallel programming for parallel systems built from mainstream commodity components. With Jack Dongarra, Rolf Hempel and David Walker, he wrote the first draft of a specification for a new message-passing standard called MPI. This initiated the process that led to the successful MPI standard of today.

Hey is a fellow of the U.K.'s Royal Academy of Engineering. He also has served on several national committees in the U.K., including committees of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of Science and Technology. He was a member of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Physics.

Tony Hey also has a passionate interest in communicating the excitement of science to young people. He has written 'popular' books on quantum mechanics and on relativity.

Hey is a graduate of Oxford University, with both an undergraduate degree in physics and a doctorate in theoretical physics.

Foundation Staff

Erynn Petersen, Executive Director

Erynn Petersen is the Executive Director of Outercurve Foundation. She is on the boards of Girl Develop It and Station082, projects dedicated to increasing the number of people going into engineering. Erynn is a strong proponent of open source projects, having been been VP of Open Source and Developer Evangelism at AOL and also heads up the Open Source working group at GDI. She served on the board of SES working on efforts to develop interoperable APIs between search engines. She is passionate about Open Source, especially when it's directed toward helping incipient, grassroots, and unaffiliated developers engage in large impact, interesting projects.

Eric Schultz
Eric Schultz, Developer Advocate

Eric recently worked with Microsoft’s Open Source Technology Center on the CoApp project of which he’s a long time committer. Prior to this project, he was a Software Engineer on Mercury Marine’s G3 team which develops and maintains Mercury’s computer diagnostic system for marine engines. Eric is a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he majored in Computer Science.  Eric passionately believes in the power of free, libre and open source software to improve the lives of developers and end-users. He regularly uses Google Chrome, Git (primarily via Github) and will tell anyone willing to listen that using LINQ will change your life.