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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 730 individual Members and 7,000 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
Ted Dunning Isabel Drost-Fromm Roman Shaposhnik
Brett Porter Phil Steitz Mark Thomas


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

Office Individual
Chairman Phil Steitz
Vice Chairman Shane Curcuru
President Sam Ruby
Exec. V.P Ross Gardler
Treasurer Ulrich Stärk
Assistant Treasurer Phil Steitz
Secretary Craig L Russell
Assistant Secretary Matt Sicker
V.P., Legal Affairs Roman Shaposhnik
Assistant V.P., Legal Affairs Henri Yandell
V.P., Data Privacy Chris Mattmann
V.P., W3C Relations Andy Seaborne


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

Office Individual
V.P., Brand Management Mark Thomas
V.P., Conferences Rich Bowen
V.P., Fundraising Daniel Ruggeri, Kevin A. McGrail
V.P., Infrastructure David Nalley
V.P., Marketing and Publicity Sally Khudairi
V.P., Travel Assistance Gavin McDonald
V.P., Finance Tom Pappas
Infrastructure Administrator Greg Stein


VP, Fundraising has appointed the following corporate officers of the ASF:

Office Individual
V.P., Sponsor Relations Sally Khudairi, Tom Pappas


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

Office Individual
V.P., Apache Accumulo Michael Wall
V.P., Apache ActiveMQ Bruce Snyder
V.P., Apache Airavata Suresh Marru
V.P., Apache Allura Dave Brondsema
V.P., Apache Ambari Jayush Luniya
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 Christian Schneider
V.P., Apache Arrow Jacques Nadeau
V.P., Apache AsterixDB Till Westmann
V.P., Apache Atlas Madhan Neethiraj
V.P., Apache Attic Henk P. Penning
V.P., Apache Aurora Jake Farrell
V.P., Apache Avro Thiruvalluvan M. G.
V.P., Apache Axis Robert Lazarski
V.P., Apache Bahir Luciano Resende
V.P., Apache Beam Kenneth Knowles
V.P., Apache Bigtop Youngwoo Kim
V.P., Apache Bloodhound Gary Martin
V.P., Apache BookKeeper Sijie Guo
V.P., Apache Brooklyn Geoff Macartney
V.P., Apache Buildr Antoine Toulme
V.P., Apache BVal Matt Benson
V.P., Apache Calcite Michael Mior
V.P., Apache Camel Andrea Cosentino
V.P., Apache CarbonData Liang Chen
V.P., Apache Cassandra Nate McCall
V.P., Apache Cayenne Michael Gentry
V.P., Apache Celix Pepijn Noltes
V.P., Apache Chemistry Florian Müller
V.P., Apache Chukwa Eric Yang
V.P., Apache Clerezza Hasan Hasan
V.P., Apache CloudStack Mike Tutkowski
V.P., Apache Cocoon Cédric Damioli
V.P., Apache Commons Gary D. Gregory
V.P., Apache Community Development Sharan Foga
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 DataFu Matthew Hayes
V.P., Apache DB Bryan Pendleton
V.P., Apache DeltaSpike Mark Struberg
V.P., Apache Directory Stefan Seelmann
V.P., Apache DRAT Chris Mattmann
V.P., Apache Drill Arina Ielchiieva
V.P., Apache Eagle Edward Zhang
V.P., Apache Empire-db Rainer Döbele
V.P., Apache Falcon Pallavi Rao
V.P., Apache Felix Karl Pauls
V.P., Apache Fineract Myrle Krantz
V.P., Apache Flex Tom Chiverton
V.P., Apache Flink Stephan Ewen
V.P., Apache Flume Mike Percy
V.P., Apache Fluo Keith Turner
V.P., Apache Forrest David Crossley
V.P., Apache FreeMarker Dániel Dékány
V.P., Apache Geode Karen Miller
V.P., Apache Geronimo Romain Manni-Bucau
V.P., Apache Giraph Dionysios Logothetis
V.P., Apache Gora Lewis John McGibbney
V.P., Apache Griffin William Guo
V.P., Apache Groovy Paul King
V.P., Apache Guacamole Mike Jumper
V.P., Apache Gump Stefan Bodewig
V.P., Apache Hadoop Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli
V.P., Apache Hama Chia-Hung Lin
V.P., Apache HAWQ Lei Chang
V.P., Apache HBase Misty Linville
V.P., Apache Helix Kishore Gopalakrishna
V.P., Apache Hive Ashutosh Chauhan
V.P., Apache HttpComponents Asankha Perera
V.P., Apache HTTP Server Daniel Gruno
V.P., Apache Ignite Denis Magda
V.P., Apache Impala Jim Apple
V.P., Apache Incubator Justin Mclean
V.P., Apache Isis Kevin Meyer
V.P., Apache Jackrabbit Michael Dürig
V.P., Apache James Eric Charles
V.P., Apache jclouds Andrea Turli
V.P., Apache Jena Andy Seaborne
V.P., Apache JMeter Milamber
V.P., Apache Johnzon Hendrik Saly
V.P., Apache Joshua Tommaso Teofili
V.P., Apache JSPWiki Juan Pablo Santos
V.P., Apache jUDDI Alex O'Ree
V.P., Apache Juneau James Bognar
V.P., Apache Kafka Jun Rao
V.P., Apache Karaf Jean-Baptiste Onofré
V.P., Apache Kibble Rich Bowen
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 Matt Sicker
V.P., Apache Lucene Adrien Grand
V.P., Apache Lucene.Net Shad Storhaug
V.P., Apache MADlib Aaron Feng
V.P., Apache Mahout Andrew Musselman
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 Metron Casey Stella
V.P., Apache MINA Guillaume Nodet
V.P., Apache Mnemonic Gang Wang
V.P., Apache MyFaces Bernd Bohmann
V.P., Apache Mynewt Justin Mclean
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 Michael Bolz
V.P., Apache OODT Imesha Sudasingha
V.P., Apache Oozie Gézapeti
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 Peter Kovacs
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 Josh Elser
V.P., Apache Pig Koji Noguchi
V.P., Apache Pivot Roger Whitcomb
V.P., Apache POI Dominik Stadler
V.P., Apache Polygene Jiri Jetmar
V.P., Apache Portable Runtime (APR) Nick Kew
V.P., Apache Portals David Sean Taylor
V.P., Apache PredictionIO Donald Szeto
V.P., Apache Pulsar Matteo Merli
V.P., Apache Qpid Robbie Gemmell
V.P., Apache Ranger Selvamohan Neethiraj
V.P., Apache REEF Byung-Gon Chun
V.P., Apache River Peter Firmstone
V.P., Apache RocketMQ Xiaorui Wang
V.P., Apache Roller Dave Johnson
V.P., Apache Royale Harbs
V.P., Apache Samza Yi Pan
V.P., Apache Santuario Colm O hEigeartaigh
V.P., Apache Sentry Alex Kolbasov
V.P., Apache Serf Branko Čibej
V.P., Apache ServiceComb Willem Ning Jiang
V.P., Apache ServiceMix Krzysztof Sobkowiak
V.P., Apache Shiro Les Hazlewood
V.P., Apache SIS Martin Desruisseaux
V.P., Apache Sling Robert Munteanu
V.P., Apache SpamAssassin Sidney Markowitz
V.P., Apache Spark Matei Zaharia
V.P., Apache Sqoop Venkat Ranganathan
V.P., Apache Stanbol Fabian Christ
V.P., Apache Steve Daniel Gruno
V.P., Apache Storm P. Taylor Goetz
V.P., Apache Streams Steve Blackmon
V.P., Apache Struts René Gielen
V.P., Apache Subversion Stefan Sperling
V.P., Apache Synapse Isuru Udana
V.P., Apache Syncope Francesco Chicchiriccò
V.P., Apache SystemML Deron Eriksson
V.P., Apache Tajo Hyunsik Choi
V.P., Apache Tapestry Thiago H. de Paula Figueiredo
V.P., Apache Tcl Georgios Petasis
V.P., Apache Tez Jonathan Turner Eagles
V.P., Apache Thrift Jake Farrell
V.P., Apache Tika Tim Allison
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 Control David Neuman
V.P., Apache Traffic Server Bryan Call
V.P., Apache Trafodion Pierre Smits
V.P., Apache Turbine Georg Kallidis
V.P., Apache Twill Terence Yim
V.P., Apache UIMA Marshall Schor
V.P., Apache Usergrid Michael Russo
V.P., Apache VCL Josh Thompson
V.P., Apache Velocity Nathan Bubna
V.P., Apache VXQuery Till Westmann
V.P., Apache Web Services Daniel Kulp
V.P., Apache Whimsy Sam Ruby
V.P., Apache Wicket Martijn Dashorst
V.P., Apache Xalan Steven J. Hathaway
V.P., Apache Xerces Michael Glavassevich
V.P., Apache XML Graphics Clay Leeds
V.P., Apache Yetus Allen Wittenauer
V.P., Apache Zeppelin Lee Moon Soo
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.