Small core, a great board, lots of partners, and soon, fellowships!

The Team

George Oates

Co-Founder & Executive Director
George is a designer and entrepreneur and has worked on the web since 1996. She was also the first designer at from 2003-2008.

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Jessamyn West

Community Manager, Flickr Commons
Jessamyn is a veteran online community manager, library technologist, and creator of excellent documentation.


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Program Manager

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Our Board of Directors

Ryan Merkley

Board Chair
Ryan is Managing Director at Aspen Digital, and previously served as Chief of Staff at the Wikimedia Foundation, and CEO of Creative Commons before that.


Stephanie McVey

Stephanie is the Chief Financial Officer at SmugMug + Flickr.


Ben MacAskill

Board Observer
Ben is President & COO of SmugMug + Flickr, and Co-Founder of

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The Advisory Board

Adam Harvey

Adam Harvey (US/DE) is an artist and applied researcher based in Berlin focused on computer vision, privacy, and surveillance.

Anasuya Sengupta

Poet, author, activist, and a cited expert in representation for marginalized voices on the Internet.

Ben Cerveny

Strategist, designer, and co-founder of Foundation for Public Code.

Elizabeth Churchill

HCI/CogSci research leader and Director of UX.

Jennie-Rose Halperin

Commons and Libraries specialist and director of Library Futures, a project of The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU Law.