Cloud Foundry Staff

The Cloud Foundry Foundation is led by a team of accomplished professionals who are united in their effort to drive global awareness and adoption of Cloud Foundry. Learn more about the Foundation.

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Abby Kearns

Executive Director

With nearly twenty years in the tech world, Abby Kearns is a true veteran of the industry. Her lengthy career has spanned product marketing, product management and consulting across Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. As Executive Director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby helms ...the ecosystem of developers, users and applications running on Cloud Foundry, and works closely with the Board to drive the Foundation’s vision and grow the open source project. Prior to Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby focused on Pivotal Cloud Foundry as part of the Product Management team at Pivotal. She spent eight years at Verizon where she led Product Management and Product Marketing teams dedicated to the early days of cloud services. In her free time, Abby enjoys indulging in food and wine, and spending time with her husband and son.
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Chip Childers


Chip has spent 20 years in large-scale computing and open source software. In 2015, he became the co-founder of the Cloud Foundry Foundation as Technology Chief of Staff. He was the first VP of Apache Cloudstack, a platform he helped drive while leading Enterprise ...Cloud Services at SunGard and then as VP Product Strategy at Cumulogic. Prior to SunGard, he led the rebuild of mission-critical applications for organizations including,, Merrill Lynch and SEI Investments. Chip is an experienced speaker at events like OSCON, LinuxCon North America, LC Japan, LC EU, ApacheCon, O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference, and many more. In his free time, Chip loves trail hiking with his black lab, sailing catamarans and sunfish, and trying to keep up with his young daughter.
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Devin Davis

VP of Marketing

Devin has more than 15 years in enterprise technology marketing and communications. In that time, he’s marketed a spectrum of technologies including big data, IoT, software development platforms, security and small business tech. He has spent the past several years working in cloud and ...developer-centric software products. He’s worked with businesses from tiny start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including Avaya, GoDaddy, Hitachi Data Systems, Plantronics, SAP, and many more. Devin started his career as a newspaper reporter and was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine.
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Kim McMahon

Senior Director of Digital Strategy

Kim leads digital strategy for Cloud Foundry Foundation. Prior to her role with Cloud Foundry, she worked at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the {code} Team at Dell, where she honed her love for open source and cloud-native. Before diving into open source, ...she spent the majority of her career in marketing, business development, and product management roles at various high performance computing companies. She brings expertise in communications and marketing strategy in spreading awareness of Cloud Foundry through the power of a digital platform. When she is not working, you will find her hiking in the Colorado mountains with her two labradors Coal and Connor, skiing and cooking.
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Tim Harris

Director of Certification Programs

Tim joins Cloud Foundry after nearly eight years at VMware, where he helped build an ISV ecosystem around the vSphere and vCloud platforms. For ten years, he ran performance engineering teams at Oracle and founded the Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark program. Tim has a ...doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh and was a founding member of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre. He runs Cumulus Minds, a nonprofit that helps orphans in developing economies find careers in IT through hands-on app development experience and job placement services. Tim is a regular contributor to, where he shares the healing power of music by playing guitar and singing at hospitals, homeless shelters and assisted living facilities.
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Caitlyn O’Connell

Marketing Communications Manager

Caitlyn runs all content for the Foundation as well as diversity and inclusivity initiatives. Previously, Caitlyn managed content and media relations for a variety of enterprise and consumer tech clients at Bite, and created web content and oversaw brand development for an Oakland-based artisanal company. In her free time, Caitlyn freelances for Bay Area publications, reads voraciously and frequents Bay Area farmers’ markets and museums.
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Chris Clark

Technical Operations Manager

Chris Clark is a software engineer and project manager, with a focus on Javascript and Node.js development. He lives in Oakland with his girlfriend, their dog, two cats, and about five thousand bees. He enjoys music, games of skill and road trips, among other ...things.
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Paige O'Connor Blanco

Group Administrator

Paige has over six years of experience in office support, sales and customer service. At Cloud Foundry, she provides administrative support to the executive team and works on special projects. A recent transplant from Oklahoma, Paige uses her free time to explore San Francisco’s natural ...habitats andrestaurants
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Swarna Podila

Senior Director, Community

Swarna joins the Foundation after a decade-long career in product marketing. With a background in software engineering combined with a passion for cloud and open source, Swarna focuses on enriching the Cloud Foundry community. Prior to the Foundation, Swarna worked for Avi Networks, Citrix ...and Symantec, and has built and strengthened communities throughout her career. She loves to spend her non-screen time with family and running outdoors.
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Deb Giles

Meeting and Event Planner

Deb has over ten years of event management experience and has been with Cloud Foundry Foundation for more than three years, overseeing all events including Cloud Foundry Summit, Cloud Foundry Days, and Cloud Foundry’s presence at tradeshows around the world. Living in Nashville, ...Deb spends her free time sitting on patios, trying new restaurants, and exploring the area.
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Kimberly Andrews

Events Partnership Manager

Kimberly has over 20 years of sales experience working with small start-ups to Fortune 100 Enterprise companies. She has earned a solid reputation for meeting clients needs and services while meeting internal/external customer satisfaction. She has a thirst for knowledge and taking on new ...challenges.
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Nanci Lancaster

Event Content Specialist

Nanci is the Event Content Specialist for the Linux Foundation, helping with content communications and development between speakers, co-chairs, and program committees for all Cloud Foundry Summits. She brings 12 years of experience from a similar role at SXSW, where she helped manage over ...5,000 speakers and 2,200 sessions across 15 venues each year. She continues to advise SXSW on content as an advisory board member since her departure in 2015. Before coming to the Linux Foundation, she put in three years at DigitalOcean, where she wore a variety of event-related hats and gained a deeper understanding of many technical topics to help mold her into the role she holds today. Nanci has a BS in Urban & Regional Planning, with a minor in Construction Technology: Architectural Design from Texas State University.