Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors' terms begin on November 1. At-Large board members are nominated and selected by the community at-large with no prerequisites for nomination.

Dries Buytaert, President

Founder

Belgium | Bio

 

Angela Byron, Secretary

Seat expires 2015

Canada | Bio

 

Tiffany Farriss, Treasurer

Seat expires 2014

USA | Bio

 

Donna Benjamin

Seat expires 2015 

Australia | Bio

 

Danese Cooper

Seat expires 2016 

USA | Bio

 

Morten DK

Seat expires 2014

Denmark | Bio

 

Vesa Palmu

Seat expires 2014 

UK | Bio

 

Matthew Saunders

Seat expires 2015 

USA | Bio

 

Sameer Verma

Seat expires 2015 

USA | Bio

 

Jeff Walpole

Seat expires 2014 

USA | Bio

 

Currently Empty, Seat expires 2016

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is an international network of trusted community members with strong ties to the Drupal project. These individuals regularly provide assistance and advice to our Board of Directors and Staff to help advance the mission of the Drupal Association.

All of our advisors were selected for their acute experience, knowledge, expertise, and talents in many different areas including community management, policy, outreach, law, technology, project guidance, or education.

Current Members of the Advisory Board

Board Member Alumni

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Board Bios

Executive Board Members

Dries Buytaert, President
Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source web publishing platform, used by 2% of the world's websites. Buytaert serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization formed to help Drupal flourish.

Buytaert is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that offers products and services for Drupal. In 2011, Forbes elected Acquia as one of the Top 100 Most Promising Companies. In 2012, Inc declared Acquia the fastest growing private software company in the United States.

A native of Belgium, Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator. In 2012, Ernst & Young gave Buytaert the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for New England. In 2013, Buytaert was elected a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.

Tiffany Farris, Treasurer
Tiffany is the President and Strategist at Palantir.net. With over 17 years of experience, she specializes in providing project leadership and strategy through consultation, project planning and workshops. She has been a member of the DA (and/or its predecessor organization) since 2009 and currently serves as its Treasurer. Tiffany is currently a board member of Northwestern Student Holdings and has previously served as a board member for AIGA Chicago and Leadership Evanston.

Angie Byron, Secretary
Angela Byron, Director of Community Development at Acquia, is a Drupal core co-maintainer, recipient of the Google-O'Reilly Open 2008 Source Award for Best Contributor, co-author of the O'Reilly book Using Drupal, and an open source evangelist who lives and breathes Drupal. She got her start as a Google Summer of Code student in 2005 and since then has completely immersed herself in contributing to open source. Her work includes core patch review, improving the user experience of Drupal through the Spark project, testing and quality assurance efforts, improving and fixing documentation, and general community cat herding.

She lives near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with her wife Marci and daughter Lily. She's obsessed with Drupal, working with open source and getting new people (especially women) involved, as well as just geeky computer stuff in general. When the keyboard is pried from her hands once or twice a year, she enjoys video games, logic puzzles, drawing silly cartoons, and political books/documentaries.

Board Members

Donna Benjamin
Donna Benjamin is the Executive Director of Creative Contingencies, a small Australian company specialising in customised web services, research, project facilitation and event management.

Donna is a passionate advocate of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions for small business and education. In particular, the use of web applications on the Drupal platform, open source graphics tools such as Inkscape and GIMP, and the Moodle and Sugar learning platforms.

Donna has taken on a range of leadership roles in the Australian Open Source community, sitting on boards and committees and organising events. In 2011 Donna instigated a campaign to Digitise The Dawn, Louisa Lawson's journal for Australian women. The Dawn is now available to all in the National Library Trove archive of Australian Newspapers.

She has been profiled by Lorna Jane Mitchell, Jacinta Richardson, Kathy Reid and Roland Gesthuizen for Ada Lovelace day and featured in Delimiter's Friday Five and Tech Stream's special on Women in Technology on Radio Australia.

Danese Cooper
Danese Cooper (born January 19, 1959) is an American programmer, computer scientist, and an advocate of open source software Cooper has held many leadership roles within the computer science sector. She has managed teams at Symantec and Apple Inc. and for six years served as Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun Microsystems before leaving to serve as Senior Director for Open Source Strategies at Intel. She advised on open source policy to the R community while at REvolution Computing (now Revolution Analytics), and she served from February 2010 to July 2011 as Chief Technical Officer for the Wikimedia Foundation.

She currently runs a successful consultancy to companies wishing to pursue open source strategies, which has served the SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation among other clients. She is a director on the boards of the Drupal Association, and the Open Source Hardware Association, a board advisor for Mozilla and Ushahidi, and has served since 2005 as a Member of the Apache Software Foundation. She was a board member for 10 years at Open Source Initiative.

Morten Heide-Jorgensen
mortendk has been in love with Drupal since 4.7. He runs the finest Drupal theming & design shop in copenhagen: geek Röyale.   He's known for his open mouth, & an extreme love for remodeling the Drupal markup no matter what the cost & making sure that theres a party somewhere.

When he's not teaching his 3 year old daughter about Helvetica, the wonders of designing websites he makes fine Drupal merchandise & rants about the state of markup in Drupal. You can follow his ramblings about Drupal theming, heavy metal & hoppy beers on twitter: @mortendk or blog at http://morten.dk

Vesa Palmu
Wunderkraut CEO Vesa Palmu helps clients solve their business problems, and sometimes computers are involved. For him, there’s no debate about IT consulting versus business consulting: IT is business. If companies want to improve their productivity, they need to use the power of IT tools to improve their processes.

Vesa started his professional career in 1995 while still a computer science student. He went on to create, found, own, run, sell, merge and manage a host of technology businesses throughout the 1990s and on into the 2000s.

In the mid-2000s, while producing proprietary technologies for global clients, Vesa saw that their technology strategies were not the future. He went completely open source. It was the right decision, although it took a few years for the industry prove it.
Vesa loves the challenge of a complex project, sings hallelujahs about Drupal and evangelises Agile project management – he teaches it in every enterprise setting he finds himself in.

He’s a certified Scrum professional, has an EMBA from Helsinki’s Aalto University and is also a qualified diving instructor with more than a thousand dives under his weight-belt.

Matthew Saunders
Matthew Saunders studied fine art and technical theatre at Quebec’s Bishop’s University and completed a certification in non-profit administration at Université d'Ottawa. In 1995, Saunders’ love of technology burgeoned while working at Le Groupe Dance Lab where art and technology blurred. His MFA, concentrating in technology, was earned at Virginia Tech. Matthew’s years of experience in the technology sphere as an artist, project manager, and application architect segued into discovering Drupal in 2006. Saunders was on the Drupalcon Denver organizing committee. Matthew has extensive experience in multiple project management methodologies and has spoken at numerous tech events. He is VP of Project Management at Aten Design Group and is an at large Board Member for the Drupal Association.

Sameer Verma
Professor Sameer Verma is professor of Information Systems at San Francisco State University. His research focuses on the diffusion and adoption of innovative technologies. He is currently working on several academic research projects which include the diffusion of open source software, sustainable IT in rural and remote environments, and the impact of offline networks.

In addition to his academic work, Professor Verma has worked with companies in consulting capacity in the areas of content analysis, management and delivery. Professor Verma is on the Board of Directors of the Drupal Association. He also serves on the advisory boards of WiRED International, The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business (CESB) at SF State, some San Francisco Bay Area technology companies. He is also the founder of the Commons Initiative at SF State, the One Laptop per Child San Francisco community, the One Laptop per Child Jamaica community and an institutional partner at the Center of Excellence, University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

Jeff Walpole
CEO Jeff Walpole leads strategy and business development efforts for Phase2. Since co-founding the company in 2001, Jeff has been instrumental in new client development and overseeing client engagements with a variety of expertise’s including management, web strategy, and open source software development.

Jeff has 20 years of information technology and software consulting experience. He holds a Masters in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management of Global Information Technology from the Kogod School of Business at American University, and a Bachelors degree from Tulane University. Jeff is active in several technology groups and serves on the Board of the Drupal Association.

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