Welcoming Marina Zhurakhinskaya and Connie Berardi to our advisory board

The Ada Initiative advisory board is a group of volunteers from across open technology and culture who have the passion, knowledge, and time to actively support women in open technology and culture. The advisors play a crucial part in the Ada Initiative’s work: sharing their knowledge of communities like open hardware or Wikipedia, helping organize AdaCamp and other events, reviewing and writing policies and articles, taking a key role in fundraising, sharing their expertise in areas like law and non-profit governance, and, of course, giving advice.

In order to keep in touch with open tech/culture communities and avoid burning out our volunteers, we actively recruit new advisors and encourage existing advisors to step down when the time is right for them. We’re very pleased to introduce the latest two members to our advisory board:

Photograph of Marina Zhurakhinskaya

Marina Zhurakhinskaya has been the head of the GNOME Foundation‘s enormously successful Outreach Program for Women (OPW) mentorship program since 2009. Now in its sixth round, OPW includes paid internships for women in projects such as Mozilla, Wikimedia and the Linux kernel, and has had over 100 women participate as interns. Marina works on community outreach and engagement at Red Hat, and currently serves on the board of the GNOME Foundation. Prior to her community engagement role, Marina developed software for the GNOME desktop. You can find her on Twitter as @marinaz.

Photograph of Connie Berardi

Connie Berardi is an HTML5 Evangelist at Intel, currently working on the Intel XDK. From a family of creative makers and doers, her previous work has included satellite software engineering, printer APIs, photo kiosk algorithms and operating systems. She is an avid supporter of local community groups and as a member of the Society of Women Engineers and AAUW, she chairs local events around Equal Pay and STEM programs. Known as ‘mnementh’ to fellow hackers on IRC, you can also find her on Twitter at @hackermnementh.

Marina and Connie are two of the women we’ve got to know through AdaCamp, both having attended AdaCamp DC and AdaCamp San Francisco. We’re so pleased to be able to work with both of these leaders in open source and in STEM outreach on the Ada Initiative’s programs.

We’d also like to thank two advisors who have recently left the advisory board due to other commitments: Selena Deckelmann and Danielle Madeley. Selena and Danni were both involved as advisors from our very earliest days and we thank them for all their help in establishing our programs. We look forward to working with them in future!