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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
Isabel Drost-Fromm Marvin Humphrey Jim Jagielski
Chris Mattmann Brett Porter Mark Thomas


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

Office Individual
Chairman Brett Porter
Vice Chairman Chris Mattmann
President Sam Ruby
Exec. V.P Ross Gardler
Treasurer Ulrich Stärk
Secretary Craig L Russell
Assistant Secretary Sam Ruby
V.P., Brand Management Shane Curcuru
V.P., Conferences Rich Bowen
V.P., Fundraising Hadrian Zbarcea
V.P., Infrastructure David Nalley
V.P., Legal Affairs Jim Jagielski
V.P., Marketing and Publicity Sally Khudairi
V.P., Travel Assistance Melissa Warnkin
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 Bruce Snyder
V.P., Apache Airavata Suresh Marru
V.P., Apache Allura Dave Brondsema
V.P., Apache Ambari Yusaku Sako
V.P., Apache Ant Jan Matèrne
V.P., Apache Any23 Lewis John McGibbney
V.P., Apache Apex Thomas Weise
V.P., Apache Archiva Olivier Lamy
V.P., Apache Aries Jeremy Hughes
V.P., Apache Arrow Jacques Nadeau
V.P., Apache AsterixDB Till Westmann
V.P., Apache Attic Henri Yandell
V.P., Apache Aurora Jake Farrell
V.P., Apache Avro Ryan Blue
V.P., Apache Axis Deepal Jayasinghe
V.P., Apache Bahir Luciano Resende
V.P., Apache Bigtop Olaf Flebbe
V.P., Apache Bloodhound Gary Martin
V.P., Apache BookKeeper Sijie Guo
V.P., Apache Brooklyn Richard Downer
V.P., Apache Buildr Antoine Toulme
V.P., Apache BVal Matt Benson
V.P., Apache Calcite Jesús Camacho Rodríguez
V.P., Apache Camel Christian Mueller
V.P., Apache Cassandra Nate McCall
V.P., Apache Cayenne Michael Gentry
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 Will Stevens
V.P., Apache Cocoon Thorsten Scherler
V.P., Apache Commons Gary D. Gregory
V.P., Apache Community Development Ulrich Stärk
V.P., Apache Cordova Shazron Abdullah
V.P., Apache CouchDB Jan Lehnardt
V.P., Apache Creadur Brian E Fox
V.P., Apache Crunch Josh Wills
V.P., Apache cTAKES Pei J 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 Radu Cotescu
V.P., Apache Directory Kiran Ayyagari
V.P., Apache Drill Parth Chandra
V.P., Apache Empire-db Rainer Döbele
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 Hari Shreedharan
V.P., Apache Forrest David Crossley
V.P., Apache Geode Mark Bretl
V.P., Apache Geronimo Alan Cabrera
V.P., Apache Giraph Avery Ching
V.P., Apache Gora Lewis John McGibbney
V.P., Apache Groovy Guillaume Laforge
V.P., Apache Gump Stefan Bodewig
V.P., Apache Hadoop Christopher Douglas
V.P., Apache Hama Edward J. Yoon
V.P., Apache HBase Andrew Purtell
V.P., Apache Helix Kishore Gopalakrishna
V.P., Apache Hive Ashutosh Chauhan
V.P., Apache HttpComponents Asankha Perera
V.P., Apache HTTP Server Eric Covener
V.P., Apache Incubator Ted Dunning
V.P., Apache Isis Dan Haywood
V.P., Apache Ignite Dmitriy Setrakyan
V.P., Apache Jackrabbit Michael Dürig
V.P., Apache James Eric Charles
V.P., Apache jclouds Andrew Gaul
V.P., Apache Jena Andy Seaborne
V.P., Apache JMeter Sebastian Bazley
V.P., Apache Johnzon Hendrik Saly
V.P., Apache JSPWiki Juan Pablo Santos
V.P., Apache jUDDI Alex O'Ree
V.P., Apache Kafka Jun Rao
V.P., Apache Karaf Jean-Baptiste Onofré
V.P., Apache Knox Larry McCay
V.P., Apache Kudu Todd Lipcon
V.P., Apache Kylin Luke Han
V.P., Apache Labs Danny Angus
V.P., Apache Lens Amareshwari Sriramadasu
V.P., Apache Libcloud Tomaž Muraus
V.P., Apache Logging Services Ralph Goers
V.P., Apache Lucene Tommaso Teofili
V.P., Apache Lucene.Net Prescott Nasser
V.P., Apache Lucy Marvin Humphrey
V.P., Apache Mahout Andrew Palumbo
V.P., Apache ManifoldCF Karl Wright
V.P., Apache Marmotta Jakob Frank
V.P., Apache Maven Robert Scholte
V.P., Apache Mesos Benjamin Hindman
V.P., Apache MetaModel Kasper Sørensen
V.P., Apache MINA Jean-François Maury
V.P., Apache MyFaces Mike Kienenberger
V.P., Apache NiFi Joe Witt
V.P., Apache Nutch Sebastian Nagel
V.P., Apache ODE Sathwik Bantwal Premakumar
V.P., Apache OFBiz Jacopo Cappellato
V.P., Apache Olingo Christian Amend
V.P., Apache Oltu Antonio Sanso
V.P., Apache OODT Tom Barber
V.P., Apache Oozie Robert Kanter
V.P., Apache Open Climate Workbench Michael James Joyce
V.P., Apache OpenJPA Mark Struberg
V.P., Apache OpenMeetings Maxim Solodovnik
V.P., Apache OpenNLP Jörn Kottmann
V.P., Apache OpenOffice Marcus Lange
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 M. Chiasson
V.P., Apache Phoenix James R. Taylor
V.P., Apache Pig Daniel Dai
V.P., Apache Pivot Roger Whitcomb
V.P., Apache POI Dominik Stadler
V.P., Apache Portable Runtime (APR) Nick Kew
V.P., Apache Portals David Sean Taylor
V.P., Apache Qpid Robbie Gemmell
V.P., Apache REEF Markus Weimer
V.P., Apache River Patricia Shanahan
V.P., Apache Roller Dave Johnson
V.P., Apache Samza Yi Pan
V.P., Apache Santuario Colm O hEigeartaigh
V.P., Apache Sentry Sravya Tirukkovalur
V.P., Apache Serf Bert Huijben
V.P., Apache ServiceMix Krzysztof Sobkowiak
V.P., Apache Shiro Les Hazlewood
V.P., Apache SIS Martin Desruisseaux
V.P., Apache Sling Carsten Ziegeler
V.P., Apache SpamAssassin Sidney Markowitz
V.P., Apache Spark Matei Zaharia
V.P., Apache Sqoop Jarek Jarcec Cecho
V.P., Apache Stanbol Fabian Christ
V.P., Apache Steve Daniel Gruno
V.P., Apache Storm P. Taylor Goetz
V.P., Apache Stratos Lakmal Warusawithana
V.P., Apache Struts René Gielen
V.P., Apache Subversion Evgeny Kotkov
V.P., Apache Synapse Isuru Udana
V.P., Apache Syncope Francesco Chicchiriccò
V.P., Apache Tajo Hyunsik Choi
V.P., Apache Tapestry Thiago H. de Paula Figueiredo
V.P., Apache Tcl Massimo Manghi
V.P., Apache Tez Siddharth Seth
V.P., Apache Thrift Jake Farrell
V.P., Apache Tika Dave Meikle
V.P., Apache Tiles Mick Semb Wever
V.P., Apache TinkerPop Stephen Mallette
V.P., Apache Tomcat Mladen Turk
V.P., Apache TomEE David Blevins
V.P., Apache Traffic Server Bryan Call
V.P., Apache Turbine Thomas Vandahl
V.P., Apache Twill Terence Yim
V.P., Apache UIMA Marshall Schor
V.P., Apache Usergrid Todd Nine
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 Sam Ruby
V.P., Apache Wicket Martijn Dashorst
V.P., Apache Wink Luciano Resende
V.P., Apache Xalan Steven J. Hathaway
V.P., Apache Xerces Michael Glavassevich
V.P., Apache XML Graphics Glenn Adams
V.P., Apache Yetus Sean Busbey
V.P., Apache Zeppelin Lee Moon Soo
V.P., Apache Zest Niclas Hedhman
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.