FreeBSD Foundation Board of Directors

The activities of the FreeBSD Foundation are directed by members of its Board of Directors.

Justin T. Gibbs, President.

Justin is a Senior Software Architect currently working on storage systems for Spectra Logic. His past experience has ranged from office application development at Microsoft to embedded systems for general aviation aircraft at Avidyne. A member of the FreeBSD Development Team since 1993, Justin has contributed to many areas of the FreeBSD operating system, and is best known for his work on the SCSI subsystem. After serving on the FreeBSD Core Team from 1995-2000 he created the FreeBSD Foundation to provide a non-profit framework for funding FreeBSD development and community support.

Erwin Lansing, Vice President.

Erwin works as a Network and System Engineer at DK Hostmaster A/S running the danish .dk ccTLD. He previously held a position as Network Systems Engineer at the Danish incumbent ISP, TDC and pil.dk, a webhosting company. He joined the FreeBSD Ports Development Team in 2003 and has been a member of the Ports Management Team since 2005. He is mainly working on the package building cluster, creating and distributing ready-to-install binary packages of 3rd party software for FreeBSD, in addition to regression testing the integration of FreeBSD with 3rd party software projects.

Deb Goodkin, Secretary and Treasurer.

Deb has been with the foundation since August, 2006. She has spent 20+ years working in marketing, sales, and development of data storage devices. She earned an MSEE from the University of Santa Clara, and a BSCE from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Hiroki Sato, Director

Hiroki joined the FreeBSD Development Team in 2000. He has been working as a member of the Core Team since 2006 and the Release Engineering and Documentation Engineering Teams since 2004. His primary focus is maintaining the project's documentation and text processing software, and he is actively promoting FreeBSD in Asian countries by hosting BSD-related conferences. He received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Tokyo University of Science and now works as a researcher at the university.

Dr. Robert N. M. Watson, Director.

Robert is a University Lecturer in the Security Research Group at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. He leads a cross-layer research team spanning computer architecture, compilers, program analysis, operating systems, networking, and security; his recent contributions include work in hybrid capability systems and extensible access control. Prior to his PhD at the Computer Laboratory, Dr Watson was a Senior Research Scientist at McAfee Research, where he developed the kernel access control framework now used in many open-source and commercial products including FreeBSD, iOS, Mac OS X, and Junos. He is a member of the board of directors of the FreeBSD Foundation, and has been an active contributor to the open-source FreeBSD operating system in the areas of security, networking, and release engineering since the late 1990s.

Dru Lavigne, Director.

Dru Lavigne is currently the Community Manager of the PC-BSD Project, an open source desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. She is also Chair of the BSD Certification Group which maintains a global certification standard for system administration on BSD based operating systems. She has been using FreeBSD since 1996, has authored several BSD books, and oversees the PC-BSD and FreeNAS™ 8 documentation projects.

George Neville-Neil, Director.

George has been dabbling in the BSD world since his undergraduate days in the mid-1980s. He was granted his commit bit in 2004, and has served two terms on the FreeBSD Core team between 2006 and 2010.

In 2011, he started organizing the semi-annual FreeBSD Vendor Summits that gather commercial customers of FreeBSD along with project members in order to facilitate the movement of technologies between the Project and its customers.

George co-authored "The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System." His technical contributions are mostly within the FreeBSD network stack with occasional forays into other parts of the system.

Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick, Director.

Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick writes books and articles, teaches classes on UNIX- and BSD-related subjects, and provides expert-witness testimony on software patent, trade secret, and copyright issues particularly those related to operating systems and filesystems. He has been a developer and commiter to the FreeBSD Project since its founding in 1994.

While at the University of California at Berkeley, Kirk implemented the 4.2BSD fast filesystem and was the Research Computer Scientist at the Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) overseeing the development and release of 4.3BSD and 4.4BSD. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and did his graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received master's degrees in computer science and business administration and a doctoral degree in computer science. He has twice been president of the board of the Usenix Association, is currently a member of the editorial board of ACM's Queue magazine, and is a member of the Usenix Association and ACM, and is a senior member of the IEEE.