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Individual Member Profile


Amy Marrich Community Constributor Award

Date Joined
April 15, 2015



Statement of Interest

Contribute to OpenStack


Amy Marrich is a Principal Technical Marketing Manager at Red Hat. She previously worked at a small Open Source e-assessment company in Luxembourg where she was the Open Source Community and Global Training Manager.  Previously she was the OpenStack Instructor at Linux Academy and a Linux System Engineer on the Platform Engineering Cloud Operations team at Rackspace. She currently serves on the OpenStack Board, is an active member of the Openstack Ansible project, chair of the OSF Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, and previously the chair of the OpenStack User Committee. Amy spends her free time competing in performance events (agility, FASt Cat, and dock diving) with her Dalmatians and competing in Dressage with her Connemara pony.

  • Red Hat - From 2020-03-24 (Current)
  • O.A.T - From 2019-02-01 To 2020-03-20
  • Linux Academy - From 2017-01-16 To 2019-01-31
  • Rackspace - From 2014-10-27 To 2017-01-13
Community Contributor Awards
  • Hero of the People - Boston 2017


I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Block Storage (Cinder),Ansible playbooks to deploy OpenStack (Openstack-ansible),Ansible playbooks and roles for deployment (OpenStackAnsible)

OpenStack Summit Presentations
Virtual Open Infrastructure Summit Denver
  • The Results are in for the D&I survey.
  • Operator, end user and Public cloud feedback
  • RSVP REQUIRED: Speed Mentoring Lunch sponsored by Intel
  • Diversity and Inclusion WG
  • Diversity Working Group BoF
  • Git and Gerrit Hands-on Workshop
  • Long Term Mentoring - Keeping the party going!
  • Diversity and Inclusion WG Update
  • Speed Mentoring Lunch
  • Mentoring Program Reboot
Vancouver, BC Sydney
  • Git and Gerrit Lunch and Learn
  • The All New COA
  • Ansible - Project Onboarding
Boston Barcelona, Spain
  • Communication Tools Lunch and Learn

Speaker Profile:


Amy is a candidate in the January 2022 Board Elections .


What is your relationship to OpenInfra, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to OpenInfra and/or OpenStack's success to date?


I have been involved with OpenStack since the Grizzly release as an Operator and started to contribute to the project during the Mitaka release.  I have served as the Chair of the OpenStack User Committee. and I currently serve as a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee and as a Core Reviewer on several projects.

Beyond the OpenStack projects, I currently server as an Individual Director on the Board, serve as the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion working group and work with the ESI project which is part of OpenInfra Labs.

I think my biggest contribution to OpenStack is my work bringing new users and contributors into the project. Whether as part of the OpenStack Upstream Institute, First Contact SiG, or mentoring at events such as Grace Hopper. I think it's important for new contributors to have the tools they need to get started but also the help they need to be successful. In addition, my work with the Diversity and Inclusion WG helps to assure we have welcoming and open communities that adhere to the Four Opens.


Describe your experience with other non profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?


Along with currently being an Individual Director of the OpenInfra Foundatioon, I serve on the Governing Board of the CHAOSS Project. I believe it is important to hold leadership positions within a project to learn what the projects and communities need to succeed and then to act as their voice to the decision making process.


What do you see as the Board's role in OpenInfra's success?


The Board's role in the success of the Open Infrastructure Foundation is to provide guidance. As an Individual Director it also important to provide a voice for the project and communities under the Foundation as their representative. Decisions should be made that help grow not just the Foundation but the projects currently under it.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2022?


I think the top priority of the Board in 2022 should be to continue to work on recruiting and maintaining contributors and users to the current projects while at the same time helping the Foundation to add new projects which add to the mission of Open Infrastructure.

Amy has already been nominated by:

  • Allison Randal
  • Eliad Cohen
  • Bernard Cafarelli
  • Dennis DeMarco
  • Jean-Philippe Evrard
  • Dmitriy Rabotyagov
  • Jesse Pretorius
  • Sean Cohen
  • Egle Sigler
  • Julia Kreger