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 Software Engineer at Facebook. 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, 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. He is also interested in anything DNS and actively participates in the ICANN and CENTR communities.

George Neville-Neil, Secretary

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, Treasurer

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.

Dr. Hiroki Sato, Director

Hiroki Sato, Ph.D. 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 focus is maintaining the project's documentation, text processing software, and IPv6 network functionality, while actively promoting FreeBSD in Asian countries by hosting AsiaBSDCon. In 2014 he founded BSD Research, a Japan-based non-profit to support development and communities of FreeBSD in Japan in collaboration with FreeBSD Foundation. He is currently an assistant professor of Communications and Computer Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Dr. Robert N. M. Watson, Director

Dr. Watson is a University Lecturer in Systems, Security, and Architecture at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, where he leads a research team exploring intersections between operating systems, networking, security, program analysis/transformation, and computer architecture. He has worked extensively with industrial consumers of FreeBSD to support their interaction with the open-source community, and developed the MAC Framework that supports product-specific security models, such as the sandboxing features in iOS, Mac OS X, and Junos. Previously, Dr. Watson was a Senior Research Scientist at McAfee Research. He has served on the FreeBSD Core Team and Foundation Board for over ten years 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® documentation projects.

Cheryl R. Blain, Director

Cheryl became involved with the FreeBSD community in 2013. She joins the Foundation's board with extensive experience managing software development and building strategic alliances for privately-held, small-cap companies. Cheryl's background includes community outreach, marketing and fundraising efforts with non-profit organizations.

Benedict Reuschling, Director

Benedict joined the FreeBSD Project in 2009. After receiving his full documentation commit bit in 2010, he actively began mentoring other people to become FreeBSD committers over the years. He is a proctor for the BSD Certification Group. Benedict has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and is teaching a UNIX for software developers class at the University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany. He joined the FreeBSD Foundation in 2015.