Leadership Changes at the Cloud Foundry Foundation

Chip Childers
 

Cloud Foundry Community,


First and foremost, I truly hope that each of you is doing as well as can be expected in these extraordinary times.


As you may have seen, we announced a leadership change this morning. I am stepping into the role of Executive Director of the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Abby Kearns has accepted an executive role with another organization, to be announced. This is a very exciting opportunity for Abby, and all of us on the foundation’s staff and directors are extremely happy for her. Abby has been leading the foundation for several years through quite a bit of change in our project, our community, and the broader market. She’s not going far, but she will be missed.


We also announced that Paul Fazzone, SVP Tanzu R&D at VMware, has been elected to chair the board of directors. Paul has been a strong advocate and supporter of the foundation, having served as Treasurer for the foundation and as a director for several years now. Paul is taking over the role of chair from John Roese, who has been a steady hand from the organization’s inception. I am looking forward to working much more closely with Paul as we push the organization forward into the future. 


Our focus as a community has always been to make developers’ lives easier, and each of you has played a part in the long list of user success stories. Even today, as society grapples with the incredible challenge of a global pandemic, I am reminded of the incredible value of the work this community does. Organizations from around the world that have adopted Cloud Foundry are using it to respond in these trying times, each in their own way. National governments have used the Cloud Foundry platform to rapidly build, deploy and scale software that is helping their citizens get information and register for economic support. Countless corporations are using Cloud Foundry to both support their customers in new ways and do their part for the greater good. These responses have required actions measured in days and hours, not weeks and months. In short, this community’s efforts over the years have built something worthing being truly proud of.


This community is also one that has managed to continuously evolve the architecture of the platform through several major cycles of change. Today is no different, as we have come together on the shared mission of bringing the Cloud Foundry developer experience to Kubernetes clusters everywhere


As the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in life.” Our community embraces that way of thinking, both for the Cloud Foundry project itself and when considering how to continue to enhance the developer experience provided by the platform. Ultimately, the core Cloud Foundry function cf-push will remain well into the future, and its architecture will continue to evolve.


I’m sure many of you have questions about these changes, and I welcome the opportunity to answer them. Feel free to email me directly ( cchilders@... ), or join us for a slack-based AMA this Thursday, April 8th, from 8-10 AM PST on the Cloud Foundry community’s slack instance in the #cff-forum channel. I will be happy to discuss the transition, the future of the Foundation and respond to any comments or questions you may have.


-chip



Chip Childers
Executive Director
Cloud Foundry Foundation

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