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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 like-minded software project communities of individuals who choose to join the ASF.

What is the ASF?

Established in 1999, the ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors. Our all-volunteer board oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server -- the world's most popular Web server software.

The ASF provides an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that simultaneously limits potential legal exposure for our project committers. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 500 individual Members and 4,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo.

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 Shane Curcuru Bertrand Delacretaz
Jim Jagielski Chris Mattmann David Nalley
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 Jan Iversen
Assistant Treasurer Kevin McGrail
Secretary Craig L Russell
V.P., Brand Management Shane Curcuru
V.P., Fundraising Hadrian Zbarcea
V.P., Fundraising Jim Jagielski
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 Aurora Bill Farner
V.P., Apache Avro Tom White
V.P., Apache Axis Deepal Jayasinghe
V.P., Apache Bigtop Andrew Purtell
V.P., Apache Bloodhound Gary Martin
V.P., Apache BookKeeper Sijie Guo
V.P., Apache Buildr Alex Boisvert
V.P., Apache BVal Matt Benson
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 Sebastien Goasguen
V.P., Apache Cocoon Thorsten Scherler
V.P., Apache Commons Gary Gregory
V.P., Apache Community Development Ulrich Stärk
V.P., Apache Continuum Brent Atkinson
V.P., Apache Cordova Shazron Abdullah
V.P., Apache CouchDB Jan Lehnardt
V.P., Apache Creadur Brian Fox
V.P., Apache Crunch Gabriel Reid
V.P., Apache cTAKES Pei Chen
V.P., Apache Curator Jordan Zimmerman
V.P., Apache CXF Daniel Kulp
V.P., Apache DB Bryan Pendleton
V.P., Apache DeltaSpike Thomas Andraschko
V.P., Apache DeviceMap Reza Naghibi
V.P., Apache Directory Kiran Ayyagari
V.P., Apache Drill Jacques Nadeau
V.P., Apache Empire-db Francis De Brabandere
V.P., Apache Etch Martin Veith
V.P., Apache Falcon Srikanth Sundarrajan
V.P., Apache Felix Carsten Ziegeler
V.P., Apache Flex Alex Harui
V.P., Apache Flink Stephan Ewen
V.P., Apache Flume Arvind Prabhakar
V.P., Apache Forrest David Crossley
V.P., Apache Geronimo Alan Cabrera
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 Andrew Purtell
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 Ted Dunning
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 Knox Kevin Minder
V.P., Apache Labs Jan Iversen
V.P., Apache Libcloud Tomaž Muraus
V.P., Apache Logging Services Christian Grobmeier
V.P., Apache Lucene Michael McCandless
V.P., Apache Lucene.Net Prescott Nasser
V.P., Apache Lucy Marvin Humphrey
V.P., Apache Mahout Suneel Marthi
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 Jeff Maury
V.P., Apache MRUnit Brock Noland
V.P., Apache MyFaces Mike Kienenberger
V.P., Apache NiFi Joe Witt
V.P., Apache Nutch Sebastian Nagel
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 Nino Martinez Wael
V.P., Apache OODT Tom Barber
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 Maxim Solodovnik
V.P., Apache OpenNLP Jörn Kottmann
V.P., Apache OpenOffice Jan Iversen
V.P., Apache OpenWebBeans Mark Struberg
V.P., Apache Orc Owen O'Malley
V.P., Apache Parquet Julien Le Dem
V.P., Apache PDFBox Andreas Lehmkühler
V.P., Apache Perl Philippe Chiasson
V.P., Apache Phoenix James R. Taylor
V.P., Apache Pig Rohini Palaniswamy
V.P., Apache Pivot Roger Whitcomb
V.P., Apache POI Dominik Stadler
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 Samza Chris Riccomini
V.P., Apache Santuario Colm O hEigeartaigh
V.P., Apache ServiceMix Krzysztof Sobkowiak
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 Mick Semb Wever
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 Whimsy Ross Gardler
V.P., Apache Wicket Martijn Dashorst
V.P., Apache Wink Luciano Resende
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 Zest Niclas Hedhman
V.P., Apache ZooKeeper Michi Mutsuzaki


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.