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.
Seat expires 2020
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Community Elected Board Member History
The community elected board members have been:
- 2017: Ryan Szrama (US) (2 year term)
- 2016: Shyamala Rajaram (India) (2 year term)
- 2015: Addison Berry (Denmark/USA) (2 year term)
- 2014: Matthew Saunders* (USA/Canada), MortenDK (Denmark) *Matthew’s term was converted to a two-year staggered term
- 2013: Pedro Cambra (Spain), Morten DK (Denmark) (one year terms)
- 2012: Steve Purkiss (UK) Donna Benjamin (Australia) (one year terms)
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
- Kristof Van Tomme
- David Strauss
- Larry Garfield
- George DeMet
- Greg Knaddison
- Laura Scott
- Khalid Baheyeldin
- Kieran Lal
- Moshe Weitzman
- Nedjo Rogers
- Michael Meyers
- Peter Wolanin
Board Member Alumni
- Pedro Cambra
- Mike Woster
- Steve Purkiss
- Cary Gordon
- Angie Byron
- Danese Cooper
- Rob Gill
- Addison Berry
- Matthew Saunders
- Morten Birch
- ByLaws - Our governance structure (bylaws)
- Board Agreement
- Learn how to get involved in your community organization.
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 Farriss, 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.
Mike Lamb, Secretary
Mike, who lives in Wales, has been with Pfizer for the past ten years. He has a background in web development, business management, and project management, and currently is the Director of Marketing Technology Strategy.
Donna Benjamin is a Project Lead at Catalyst IT Australia, a global team of skilled open source technologists. She 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, such as DrupalSouth and DrupalDownunder.
Steve Francia is a very active member of the open source community. He has been responsible for two of open source's largest projects as the Chief Operator of the Docker project and the Chief Developer Advocate of MongoDB, as well as creating some of the top community-based open source projects: Hugo, spf13-vim, Cobra and Viper. He has spoken all over the world delivering inspiring talks and workshops and has even organized a few conferences. He's written books for O'Reilly, blogs at http://spf13.com and tweets as @spf13. He's used Drupal since Drupal 4. He lives outside NYC and enjoys having fun outdoors with his wife and four children.
With background in computer sciences and business administration, Vesa has been growing different professional services companies for most of the past 20 years. His latest company is one of the leading Drupal companies in the world, Wunderkraut.
Currently Vesa works as an advisor for professional services companies, working together with a handful of companies globally at any given time, helping them take their business to the next level. He also does some work as an independent management consultant, helping organisations in digital transformation or in adapting agile management.
When not at work you can often find Vesa skiing in Andorra, by the beach in Barcelona or diving all over the world.
Shyamala has over a decade of experience in designing and developing solutions using Open Source platforms, acquired rich and varied expertise in many different technologies related to web, mobile and cloud. She is the Co-Founder and Director-Social Media at UniMity Solutions, based in Chennai, India. At UniMity, they have been using Drupal to deliver large, enterprise-level solutions in the areas of publishing, education and e-commerce.
She is part of a core team that has developed a Social Workspace platform, currently being used by over 25,000 corporate users in India. She manages the Drupal Solutions Practice at UniMity and is actively involved in Technology Adoption, Business Development, and Solutions Development/Delivery.
She is an active participant in the Drupal Community and have made contributions to the enhancements, usage and adoption of Drupal (Drupal.org redesign and Drupal 8 Mobile initiative being the main ones).
She is an Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras - one of India’s premier technology institutions.
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 is the CEO and co-founder of Phase2, a recognized leader in open technology, that designs and builds some of the most trusted websites in the world. Jeff brings 20 years of information technology, software and consulting industry experience to managing the firm. As CEO, Jeff leads strategy and has been instrumental in the growth of the firm since its inception in 2001 to over 150 consultants in 2016 by recruiting and developing its leadership team, leading M&A activities, the acquisition of new clients, and overseeing key client engagements.
Jeff received an M.B.A. with a concentration in the 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 local and national technology groups including serving on the ITEC Advisory board for the Kogod Business School and has served two terms as a Director on the Board of the Drupal Association.
Annie Miller is a Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at WPP, where she works to grow and develop WPP's digital capabilities and marketing technology partnerships. She supports WPP operating companies across a number of areas including digital, business development, investments, WPP Digital events and client-facing initiatives. Prior to WPP, Annie held positions at Accenture, Tiffany & Company, The Walt Disney Company and Yahoo!. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business. Annie is passionate about all things tech and traveling the world!.
Jacob Redding is an Open Source Manager at Accenture and focuses on helping to lead one of the world's largest consulting firms in the strengthening of their Open Source practice. This includes a strong focus on increasing Drupal capabilities and the adoption of Drupal throughout their client base with long-term focus on a shift to more innovative technologies built on top of Open Source software and methodologies..
Ryan got his start in web development through an online sales company based in Louisville, KY. It was there that he nursed Ubercart through its infancy to its use on over 20,000 websites as the Project Lead and community face of the project. In 2009, Ryan co-founded Commerce Guys and eventually led the development of Drupal Commerce for Drupal 7. He grew the new project from its first full release at DrupalCon London to its use today on over 60,000 websites.
As of February 2016, Ryan acquired control of Commerce Guys and assumed leadership of the business with his time split between managing the company and contributing to its various open source projects.