Meet the ambassadors

Meet the Open Organization Ambassadors

Meet the Open Organization Ambassadors

The Open Organization Ambassadors Program identifies and spotlights members of the Opensource.com community who are exceptionally engaged in discussions regarding the management philosophy Jim Whitehurst outlines in his book, The Open Organization.

Interested in becoming an ambassador? Read more about the program and get in touch!

The ambassadors

Jono Bacon

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Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, and author, and was formerly the Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical, optimizing and growing the global Ubuntu community. He is a prominent author and speaker on community management and best practice, and wrote the best-selling The Art of Community (O’Reilly), is the founder of the primary annual conference for community managers and leaders, the Community Leadership Summit, founder of the Community Leadership Forum, and is a regular keynote speaker at events about community management, leadership, and best practice.

Rebecca Fernandez

Rebecca Fernandez

Rebecca Fernandez is a Principal Employment Branding + Communications Specialist at Red Hat. Before that, she was a freelance business writer for five years, and before that, a copy writer at Red Hat. (They just couldn't be rid of her.) Rebecca is interested in open source and the intersection of the open source way with business management models.

Laura Hilliger

Laura Hilliger

Laura Hilliger is an artist, educator, writer and technologist. She's a multimedia designer and developer, a technical liaison, a project manager, an Open Web hacktivist who is happiest in collaborative environments. She's an advocate for change and believe that the Internet has more power than any other medium to create real change in the world. She believes that the new media is changing the philosophical self and that reflection on that "Self" is needed. Laura taught at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and was the lead mentor at the Bay Area Video Coalitions Producer's Institute. She developed curriculum for the Adobe T3 project, has mentored at film labs in various countries and spent five years as the Training and Education Lead at Mozilla. She has a Masters in Media and Education and is an active participant in open learning discussions at a global scale.

Sam Knuth

Sam Knuth

Sam Knuth has the privilege to lead the Customer Content Services team at Red Hat, which produces all of the documentation we provide for our customers. Our goal is to provide customers with the insights they need to be successful with open source technology in the enterprise.

Robin Muilwijk

Robin Muilwijk

Robin Muilwijk is Advisor Internet and e-Government. He also serves as a community moderator for Opensource.com, an online publication by Red Hat, and serves on the board for the eZ Publish community. Robin writes and is active on social media to promote and advocate for open source in our businesses and lives.

Philip Foster

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Dr. Philip A. Foster is a leadership/business coach and consultant and adjunct professor. He is a noted thought leader in Business Operations, Organizational Development, Foresight, and Strategic Leadership. Dr. Foster facilitates change through the design and implementation of strategies, strategic foresight, and planning. He holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership and a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership. He has published scholarly articles and is the bestselling author of The Open Organization: A New Era of Leadership and Organizational Development and Organization 3.0–The Evolution of Leadership and Organizational Theories Toward an Open System for the 21st Century. His experience includes over twenty-five years in both public and the private sector including Tier 1 consulting, media, high-tech and public relations.

Huiren Woo

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Huiren Woo wants to transform Singapore's proprietary landscape to an open source garden filled with flowers. He's currently studying Information Technology in a local polytechnic. He's also a fullstack PHP and NodeJS developer, loves freedom, and enjoys helping others.

Ron McFarland

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Ron McFarland has been working in Japan for 40 years, and he's spent more than 30 of them in international sales, sales management training, and expanding sales worldwide. He's worked in or been to more than 80 countries. Over the past 14 years, Ron has established distributors in the United States and throughout Europe for a Tokyo-headquartered, Japanese hardware cutting tool manufacturer. More recently, he's begun giving seminars in Japanese to small Japanese companies wishing to expand both their exports and overseas investments. Also, he has been involved in supporting foreign companies interested in entering the Japanese market. You can find him on LinkedIn.

Allison Matlack

matlack_head.jpg Allison Matlack has been a member of the Red Hat Customer Portal team since 2011. She believes the most important thing leaders can do is create an environment where associates can do their best work. And she's dedicated to fostering that type of open environment in her current role as associate engagement program manager.

Chad Whitacre

chad_whitacre.jpg Chad Whitacre is the founder of Gratipay, an open organization with a mission to cultivate an economy of gratitude, generosity, and love. Gratipay offers pay-what-you-want payments and take-what-you-want payouts for open organizations—and it's funded on its own platform. Offline, Chad lives outside Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Online, he lives on GitHub.