Kate Chapman Joins Conservancy’s Board of Directors

December 6, 2016

Kate Chapman Joins Conservancy’s Board of Directors

Software Freedom Conservancy is pleased to announce the addition of Kate Chapman to its Board of Directors. Chapman is Chief Technology Officer at Cadasta, a 501c3 organization focused on land and resource rights, and has been very active in the free and open source software world. Chapman has championed open imagery as a public good.

Chapman was the first Executive Director of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, where she applied the principles of free software and open data to improve the welfare of the communities where HOT works, especially those at risk of natural disaster or other crisis. Chapman has used her expertise to teach in many countries.

Chapman commented, “I’m delighted to join the Board of Directors. It is a great opportunity to further support FLOSS and especially the introduction of unrepresented groups to FLOSS contributions through Outreachy.”

“With experience running a free and open source software nonprofit, deep familiarity with free software and copyleft licensing as well as her experiences as an Outreachy mentor and coordinator, Kate is a particularly good fit for Conservancy’s board,” said Conservancy’s Executive Director Karen Sandler. “I look forward to working with her and the rest of the board on some of the most important issues in software freedom today. I’m honored to have her on our board.”

Chapman’s appointment comes as Conservancy shifts to a primarily individual donor-funded organization. Chapman offers perspective on fundraising and nonprofits operations, as well as a deep familiarity with the issues that Conservancy faces in its programmatic activities.