The mission of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is to provide software for the public good. We do this by providing services and support for many for like-minded software project communities of individuals.

What is the ASF?

The Apache Software Foundation, a US 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of over 150 open source software projects. The Foundation provides an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that simultaneously limits potential legal exposure for our project committers. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process known as The Apache Way, Apache™ projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products.

How did the ASF and Apache™ projects grow?

Formerly known as the Apache Group, the ASF was incorporated in 1999 as a membership-based, not-for-profit corporation in order to ensure that the Apache projects continue to exist beyond the participation of individual volunteers. Individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to collaborative open-source software development, through sustained participation and contributions within the Foundation's projects, are eligible for membership in the ASF. An individual is awarded membership after nomination and approval by a majority of the existing ASF members. Thus, the ASF is governed by the community it most directly serves -- the people collaborating within its projects.

How are the ASF and Apache projects governed?

The ASF members periodically elect a Board of Directors to manage the organizational affairs of the Foundation, as accorded by the ASF Bylaws. The Board, in turn, appoints a number of officers to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. A number of public records of our operation are made available to the community. A more detailed explanation of How the ASF works in terms of day to day operations is available, and the Apache Community Development project's goal is to help newcomers learn more about the Apache Software Foundation.

Individual Apache projects are in turn governed directly by Project Management Committees (PMC) made up of individuals who have shown merit and leadership within those projects. There are detailed descriptions of ASF and project governance models.

Who runs the ASF?

The membership of the ASF elects the 9 member board to run the foundation and to set and ensure policy. The directors of the board are:

Rich Bowen Doug Cutting Bertrand Delacretaz
Ross Gardler Jim Jagielski Chris Mattmann
Brett Porter Sam Ruby Greg Stein

The Board has appointed the following corporate officers of the ASF:

Office Individual
Chairman Brett Porter
Vice Chairman Greg Stein
President Ross Gardler
Exec. V.P Rich Bowen
Treasurer Chris Mattmann
Assistant Treasurer Sam Ruby
Secretary Craig Russell
Assistant Secretary James Carman
V.P., Brand Management Shane Curcuru
V.P., Community Development Ulrich Stärk
V.P., Fundraising Upayavira
V.P., Infrastructure David Nalley
V.P., Legal Affairs Jim Jagielski
V.P., Marketing and Publicity Sally Khudairi
V.P., Travel Assistance Gavin McDonald
V.P., W3C Relations Andy Seaborne

The Board has appointed the following Vice Presidents to chair the PMCs of each Apache project:

Office Individual
V.P., Apache Abdera Ant Elder
V.P., Apache Accumulo Billie Rinaldi
V.P., Apache ACE Marcel Offermans
V.P., Apache ActiveMQ Hiram Chirino
V.P., Apache Airavata Suresh Marru
V.P., Apache Allura Dave Brondsema
V.P., Apache Ambari Yusaku Sako
V.P., Apache Ant Conor MacNeill
V.P., Apache Any23 Lewis John McGibbney
V.P., Apache APR Jeff Trawick
V.P., Apache Archiva Olivier Lamy
V.P., Apache Aries Jeremy Hughes
V.P., Apache Attic Henri Yandell
V.P., Apache Avro Scott Carey
V.P., Apache Axis Deepal Jayasinghe
V.P., Apache BookKeeper Ivan Kelly
V.P., Apache Bigtop Konstantin Boudnik
V.P., Apache Bloodhound Gary Martin
V.P., Apache Buildr Alex Boisvert
V.P., Apache BVal Matt Benson
V.P., Apache cTAKES Pei Chen
V.P., Apache Camel Christian Müller
V.P., Apache Cassandra Jonathan Ellis
V.P., Apache Cayenne Andrus Adamchik
V.P., Apache Celix Alexander Broekhuis
V.P., Apache Chemistry Florian Müller
V.P., Apache Chukwa Eric Yang
V.P., Apache Clerezza Hasan Hasan
V.P., Apache CloudStack Hugo Trippaers
V.P., Apache Cocoon Thorsten Scherler
V.P., Apache Commons Gary Gregory
V.P., Apache Continuum Brent Atkinson
V.P., Apache Cordova Shazron Abdullah
V.P., Apache CouchDB Jan Lehnardt
V.P., Apache Creadur Robert Burrell Donkin
V.P., Apache Crunch Gabriel Reid
V.P., Apache Curator Jordan Zimmerman
V.P., Apache CXF Daniel Kulp
V.P., Apache DB Myrna van Lunteren
V.P., Apache Deltacloud Marios S. Andreou
V.P., Apache DeltaSpike Gerhard Petracek
V.P., Apache DirectMemory Raffaele P. Guidi
V.P., Apache Directory Pierre-Arnaud Marcelot
V.P., Apache Empire-db Francis De Brabandere
V.P., Apache Etch Martin Veith
V.P., Apache Felix Carsten Ziegeler
V.P., Apache Flex Alex Harui
V.P., Apache Flume Arvind Prabhakar
V.P., Apache Forrest David Crossley
V.P., Apache Geronimo Jarek Gawor
V.P., Apache Giraph Avery Ching
V.P., Apache Gora Lewis John McGibbney
V.P., Apache Gump Stefan Bodewig
V.P., Apache Hadoop Chris Douglas
V.P., Apache Hama ChiaHung Lin
V.P., Apache HBase Michael Stack
V.P., Apache Helix Kishore G
V.P., Apache Hive Carl Steinbach
V.P., Apache HttpComponents Asankha Perera
V.P., Apache HTTP Server Eric Covener
V.P., Apache Incubator Roman Shaposhnik
V.P., Apache Isis Daniel Haywood
V.P., Apache Jackrabbit Michael Dürig
V.P., Apache James Eric Charles
V.P., Apache jclouds Andrew Phillips
V.P., Apache Jena Andy Seaborne
V.P., Apache JMeter Sebastian Bazley
V.P., Apache JSPWiki Juan Pablo Santos Rodríguez
V.P., Apache jUDDI Alex O'Ree
V.P., Apache Kafka Jun Rao
V.P., Apache Karaf Jean-Baptiste Onofré
V.P., Apache Labs Tim Williams
V.P., Apache Lenya Richard Frovarp
V.P., Apache Libcloud Tomaž Muraus
V.P., Apache Logging Services Christian Grobmeier
V.P., Apache Lucene Uwe Schindler
V.P., Apache Lucene.Net Prescott Nasser
V.P., Apache Lucy Logan Bell
V.P., Apache Mahout Grant Ingersoll
V.P., Apache ManifoldCF Karl Wright
V.P., Apache Marmotta Jakob Frank
V.P., Apache Maven Hervé Boutemy
V.P., Apache Mesos Benjamin Hindman
V.P., Apache MetaModel Kasper Sørensen
V.P., Apache MINA Emmanuel Lecharny
V.P., Apache MRUnit Brock Noland
V.P., Apache MyFaces Gerhard Petracek
V.P., Apache Nutch Julien Nioche
V.P., Apache ODE Tammo van Lessen
V.P., Apache OFBiz Jacopo Cappellato
V.P., Apache Olingo Christian Amend
V.P., Apache Oltu Antonio Sanso
V.P., Apache Onami Simone Tripodi
V.P., Apache OODT Sean Kelly
V.P., Apache Oozie Mohammad Islam
V.P., Apache Open Climate Workbench Michael James Joyce
V.P., Apache OpenJPA Pinaki Poddar
V.P., Apache OpenMeetings Sebastian Wagner
V.P., Apache OpenNLP Jörn Kottmann
V.P., Apache OpenOffice Andrea Pescetti
V.P., Apache OpenWebBeans Mark Struberg
V.P., Apache PDFBox Andreas Lehmkühler
V.P., Apache Perl Philippe Chiasson
V.P., Apache Phoenix James R. Taylor
V.P., Apache Pig Cheolsoo Park
V.P., Apache Pivot Roger Whitcomb
V.P., Apache POI Yegor Kozlov
V.P., Apache Portals David Sean Taylor
V.P., Apache Qpid Robbie Gemmell
V.P., Apache Rave Matt Franklin
V.P., Apache River Patricia Shanahan
V.P., Apache Roller Dave Johnson
V.P., Apache Santuario Colm O hEigeartaigh
V.P., Apache ServiceMix Gert Vanthienen
V.P., Apache Shindig Ryan Baxter
V.P., Apache Shiro Les Hazlewood
V.P., Apache SIS Adam Estrada
V.P., Apache Sling Carsten Ziegeler
V.P., Apache SpamAssassin Kevin A. McGrail
V.P., Apache Spark Matei Zaharia
V.P., Apache Sqoop Arvind Prabhakar
V.P., Apache Stanbol Fabian Christ
V.P., Apache Steve Jim Jagielski
V.P., Apache Storm P. Taylor Goetz
V.P., Apache Stratos Lakmal Warusawithana
V.P., Apache Struts René Gielen
V.P., Apache Subversion Greg Stein
V.P., Apache Synapse Hiranya Jayathilaka
V.P., Apache Syncope Francesco Chicchiriccò
V.P., Apache Tajo Hyunsik Choi
V.P., Apache Tapestry Howard Lewis Ship
V.P., Apache Tcl Massimo Manghi
V.P., Apache Tez Hitesh Shah
V.P., Apache Thrift Jake Farrell
V.P., Apache Tika Dave Meikle
V.P., Apache Tiles Greg Reddin
V.P., Apache Tomcat Mladen Turk
V.P., Apache TomEE David Blevins
V.P., Apache Traffic Server Leif Hedstrom
V.P., Apache Turbine Thomas Vandahl
V.P., Apache Tuscany Jean-Sebastien Delfino
V.P., Apache UIMA Marshall Schor
V.P., Apache VCL Andy Kurth
V.P., Apache Velocity Nathan Bubna
V.P., Apache VXQuery Till Westmann
V.P., Apache Web Services Sagara Gunathunga
V.P., Apache Wink Luciano Resende
V.P., Apache Whirr Andrew Bayer
V.P., Apache Wicket Martijn Dashorst
V.P., Apache Wookie Scott Wilson
V.P., Apache Xalan Steven J. Hathaway
V.P., Apache Xerces Michael Glavassevich
V.P., Apache XML Graphics Chris Bowditch
V.P., Apache ZooKeeper Flavio Junqueira

The Foundation is a collaborative project of the ASF. Our goal is to build and sustain the literal foundation upon which our open-source software projects are based.