The Ada Initiative’s governing board of directors, responsible for running our organization, welcomes our new directors Alicia Gibb and Marina Zhurakhinskaya. Both Alicia and Marina have worked as advisors for several months and we’re glad to have their expertise in open technology and culture non-profit governance on our board. They join Valerie Aurora, Mary Gardiner, Rachel Chalmers, Sue Gardner and Caroline Simard as board members.
Alicia Gibb is an advocate for open hardware, an academic researcher, and a hardware hacker. Alicia has worked within the open source hardware community for the past 3 years. Currently she is founding the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), an organization to educate and promote building and using open source hardware. She also teaches at UC San Diego. Previous to serving OSHWA, Alicia was a researcher and prototyper at Bug Labs where she ran the academic research program and the Test Kitchen, an open R&D Lab.
Marina Zhurakhinskaya works on community outreach and engagement at Red Hat. Since 2009, she has been organizing the GNOME Foundation’s Outreach Program for Women, which connects women with mentors who can help them get started as Free and Open Source Software contributors and offers paid internships twice a year. She currently serves on the board of the GNOME Foundation.
The board also thanks Denise Paolucci for her work as a director from 2011–2013. Denise has stepped aside due to other commitments, and remains a member of the advisory board.