Candidates for the GNOME Foundation 2013 Elections

Below you will find a list of candidates who are running for the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors. A short summary statement from each candidate and a link to their full candidacy announcement is provided to help you learn more about them. We encourage all voters to read the full candidacy statements and related discussions on

When deciding who you should vote for, please carefully consider the various tasks the Board of Directors must perform. This overview may be helpful. Keep in mind that the board will make a number of important decisions and will also have to perform many tasks which require a significant amount of time and effort and the ability to work and communicate with other people, companies, and the media. The board of directors will represent GNOME to companies and the world in a very real way. It is a good idea to strive for a well-balanced board consisting of people with various backgrounds, skills, and perspectives.

Additional elections details can be found on the GNOME Foundation Web Site.

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Candidates for the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors

  1. Tobias Mueller
    Affiliation: None
    Full statement at
    I am passionate about Free Software and GNOME and advancing it satisfies me. I enjoyed the work during the last year and I hope to be able to continue doing so. Within the last year I helped revamping our bylaws and then got more and more involved in making our Friends of GNOME program more smooth. This is still ongoing and I also initiated contact with a European entity to collect funds for us to make us more indepedent from Paypal. Being on the board makes finishing that a lot easier.
  2. Max Huang
    Full statement at
    I am working in National Center for High-performance Computing Taiwan(  I have contributed to GNOME for the past 3  years.  Promote open source, freeware and linux at school in Taiwan.
  3. Joanmarie Diggs
    Affiliation: Igalia, S.L.
    Full statement at
    I have contributed to GNOME for the past six+ years as a developer and maintainer of the Orca screen reader and as a member of the GNOME Accessibility Team. This past year I have also served on the GNOME Foundation's Board.
  4. Emmanuele Bassi
    Affiliation: Endless Mobile
    Full statement at
    I have been a GNOME contributor for the past 10 years, and served as secreatry on the board of directors for the past two years. I would love to continue serving as secretary on the board; I want to help facilitating the communications between teams, contributors, adboard members, ISVs that wish to target GNOME, as well as OSVs that wish to use GNOME as their platform of choice for their products.
  5. Andreas Nilsson
    Affiliation: Red Hat
    Full statement at
    Designer based in Gothenburg, Sweden, involved in GNOME since 2005. I am part of the Marketing Team, mainly hacking on our websites and putting together printing materials for conferences. I also contribute to the Design Team, filing design bugs and doing some UX design. I've been an OPW mentor 2 times already, and hopefully will be a 3rd time this summer.
  6. Sriram Ramkrishna
    Affiliation: Intel
    Full statement at
    I have decided this year to continue to increase my participation in GNOME.  I joined GNOME in 1997, working on GNOME Summaries that led to the GNOME Journal.  We expanded from a one man contributor to a full 4-5 person team writing professional level articles on GNOME.
  7. Ekaterina Gerasimova
    Affiliation: None
    Full statement at
    I have experienced the difficulties that are encountered by our local teams when organising events and I agree with Joanie that the Foundation's processes need to become more efficient. These responsibilities need to be clarified and followed to reduce friction and improve collaboration within the GNOME community. Our existing processes are missing defined fallbacks and resolution paths. When decisions become stuck or blocked on, opportunities fall through and the Foundation loses out when its members cannot attend conferences and hackfests.
  8. Marina Zhurakhinskaya
    Affiliation: Red Hat
    Full statement at
    I have been working on GNOME for the last five years, as a developer of online-desktop and gnome-shell and as a lead of our outreach efforts. With the help of so many people in the community, three and a half years ago I created the Outreach Program for Women which enabled 49 women to do internships with GNOME and significantly increased participation of women in the community. This program has grown to include internships with 18 Free Software organizations this summer.

Additional Elections-related Information

Note, that according to the Bylaws Article VIII Section 2d there is a 2-person maximum on the number of people affiliated with any one company that can be on the board: if more than 2 persons from one company get elected, only the top 2 vote getters will get on. You will be able to vote for up to 7 candidates of your choice, with no restrictions, except that you cannot vote more than once for the same candidate.

If you have any futher question, please consult the Rules for this election or write to