Software Freedom Conservancy

Tony Sebro to Join Conservancy Board of Directors & Outreachy Leadership

January 12, 2018

Portrait of Tony Sebro

Tony Sebro, who was Conservancy’s second full-time employee, is moving on to become Deputy General Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation, the home of Wikipedia. We say goodbye to Tony as a Conservancy employee today, but more importantly we welcome him to a number of new volunteer roles at our organization.

Specifically, Conservancy’s Board of Directors has invited Tony to serve as an at-large Director. Tony has also joined the Project Leadership committee of Conservancy’s Outreachy project (our internship program for free and open source software contribution for underrepresented groups). We are thrilled that Tony will continue to contribute his expertise to our organization, and to formalize his participation with our key internship program.

Mark Galassi, Chairman of Conservancy’s board, stated: “We are delighted to have Tony Sebro join our board of directors. Tony has worked with Conservancy since 2011 and immediately jumped in to the work of helping free/open-source software projects and advising Conservancy on legal matters. He has always given the board clear and careful options and advice on various matters, and having him on the board we will be able to continue to rely on his experience and judgment.”

Tony added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the amazing thought leaders and doers on Conservancy’s staff for the past six years. Conservancy has a unique and vital voice on a wide range of issues surrounding society’s relationship with technology, and has the potential to do even more in the years to come. I look forward to staying connected as a board member, and as a member of Outreachy’s organizing committee.”

Conservancy’s legal needs have long been met by both paid and pro bono counsel, which include some of the most prominent lawyers in free and open source software. Pam Chestek, long-time outside counsel to Conservancy, will immediately step up her involvement. That work will continue to be supplemented by our strong group of pro bono counsel.

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