GNOME Foundation Board

The Board of Directors governs the GNOME Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the GNOME Project. For general information, see the Foundation wiki page and web pages.

Board Members

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Chairman

    • Prepares an agenda and sends it 2 days before the board meeting
    • Makes sure that meeting details are available (phone number, asterisk server, etc.)
    • Leads the meeting, following the agenda, makes sure we don't get tied in knots.
    • This post is being held currently by Nuritzi Sanchez

  • Vice-Chairman

    • In the absence of the Chairman shall perform the duties of the Chairman.
    • This post is being held currently by Allan Day

  • Secretary

    • Takes minutes of board and advisory board meetings.
    • Publishes meeting minutes within a week or two of the meeting.
    • Takes note of actions and discussion since the preceding meeting (such as items discussed on the board mailing list) and ensures they are included in the meeting minutes.
    • Strives to keep information (such as process documentation) on the GNOME Foundation website and Wiki organized.
    • This post is being held currently by Philip Chimento
  • Vice-Secretary

    • In the absence of the Secretary shall perform the duties of the Secretary.
    • This post is being held currently by Federico Mena Quintero

  • Treasurer

    • Monthly report to board on financial situation (cash, receivables, outstanding bills, expenditures, income)
    • Interact with accountant
    • This post is being held currently by Carlos Soriano

General Responsibilities

In addition to the above roles, all board members are required to:

  • Attend board meetings (currently 1 hour every week).
  • Attend the two days of in-person meetings prior to GUADEC.
  • Promptly respond to board-list, particularly votes that are held there.
  • Occasionally take on board tasks. These are typically small and often require you to liase with other individuals or organizations. However, sometimes they are larger in scope.
  • Don't block initiatives: don't volunteer to do tasks that you're incapable of doing. If you don't think you have time to complete a task, let the rest of the board know.
  • Represent the board when interacting with community members. If someone raises concerns or issues in your presence, respond appropriately. Consider whether it's an issue that needs to be brought to the rest of the board. Remember that you're an elected representative.
  • Keep confidential discussions private. This includes legal discussions or conversations with the Advisory Board.


The board meets for 1 hour every week, from 16:30 UTC on Mondays. This hour is used for the following session types:

  • Regular meetings: attended by members of the board, the Executive Director and the Director of Operations
  • Working sessions: an opportunity for board members to work on board tasks; these often involve informal meetings between subsets of the board
  • Board-only meetings:
    • Attended by members of the board and the Executive Director only
    • The ED gives their monthly report, then leaves the call
    • The board agrees on feedback which is passed to the board's ED liaison and/or the president of the board
    • Minutes are kept private to the board


  • 1st week of the month - board-only meeting
  • 2nd week of the month - regular board meeting
  • 3rd week of the month - working session
  • 4th week of the month - regular board meeting
  • 5th week of the month (if there is one) - working session

Public minutes of board meetings are sent to foundation-list and archived on the wiki.

Who to contact when

The GNOME Foundation has staff and committees that handle much of the GNOME Foundation's business. Most inquiries about GNOME Foundation business should be directed to

For questions about licensing the GNOME Foundation's trademarks, please contact

The board of directors can be contacted at They should be contacted for inquiries about committees, policies, and board meetings. The board is also the last point of escalation in case you have an issue that you feel has not been satisfactorily handled elsewhere in the GNOME Foundation.

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More resources, including legal resources and documents, can be found on the resources page.


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Note to board members: this page is visible to the public. Please put private information in FoundationBoardPrivate.

FoundationBoard (last edited 2019-02-13 04:59:49 by PhilipChimento)