EFF is extraordinarily pleased to officially announce a new addition to our Board of Directors: entrepreneur and technologist Brian Behlendorf.
We have long been a fan of Brian and his tireless work in the open source community – ranging from software development in the early days of the Web to open source advocacy at the highest levels of government.
As the Web was in the midst of its first big growth spurt, Brian co-founded the Apache Group (later the Apache Software Foundation), helping to build and give away the popular Apache HTTP Server. He also launched CollabNet, which brought the principles and tools used by the open source software community to large enterprises.
After eight years as Chief Technology Officer of CollabNet, Brian brought his expertise to the political realm, working as a technology advisor on the 2008 Obama campaign and then working at the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, where he developed strategies for open access to data and APIs. Brian also advised the Department of Health and Human Services on the launch of two open source software projects designed to accelerate the adoption of standards for the exchange of electronic health records. In 2011, Brian brought open software to the World Economic Forum (WEF) during his tenure as Chief Technology Officer. Brian remains an advisor to the WEF and is also on the Boards of Directors at the Mozilla Foundation, Benetech, and CollabNet.
We are very glad that Brian has agreed to join our distinguished Board of Directors, which includes leaders in technology, policy, law, and business. Welcome, Brian!