Danese Cooper is head of open source software at PayPal and runs a successful consultancy to companies that want to pursue open source strategies. Clients have included the SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Numenta. Danese has a 25-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. She has managed teams at Symantec and Apple and served as chief technical officer for the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun Microsystems, and senior director for open source strategies at Intel. She was previously chairperson of the Node.js Foundation and a board member of the Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, and the Open Hardware Association and has advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation, where she has been a member since 2005. She has been known to knit through meetings.
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