I am an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, open source advocate, and developer with over 25 years of experience in software development. I work diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source and the tech industry as a whole. I was recognized for my work with a Ruby Hero award in 2016. I am best known as the creator of the Contributor Covenant, the most popular open source code of conduct in the world, with over 40,000 adoptions including Linux, Golang, JRuby, Swift, F#, and Rails and the entire open source portfolios of companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Intel.
In 2019 I released the Hippocratic License, a source-available license that prohibits software from being used in conjunction with human rights abuses. I also founded the Ethical Source Movement and its working group, to promote ethics in open source software.
I serve on the board of directors for Ruby Together, a non-profit that funds development of critical Ruby infrastructure like RubyGems.org and RubyToolbox.com. I was formerly on the board of RailsBridge, an organization that teaches marginalized people web development with Ruby and Rails.
I am the co-author (with Naomi Freeman) of the upcoming book _The Compassionate Coder_, a guide to practicing empathy as a software developer. You can learn more about the book at compassionatecoder.com.
I record music in my home studio and have released six albums, all available widely on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play. You can hear samples and get links to listen or buy at alittlefirescarecrow.com.Download Resume
I am a frequent speaker at Ruby, Rails, and open source conferences and events. I have given talks on four continents. My talks range from technical topics to open source citizenship to explorations of the ways that we think and model the world around us.
I have been recognized for my work in the press and have been interviewed for print/online articles and podcasts on topics including diversity and inclusivity, open source, and mentoring. I'm also the author of several articles on these topics.
The world's most popular open source code of conduct, Contributor Covenant has been adopted by tens of thousands of projects and, thanks to community contributions, is available in over 20 languages.
I created The Hippocratic License, a modified MIT license that specifically prohibits the use of open source software to commit human rights abuses.
I am the founder of the Ethical Source Movement, an initiative with the mission of evolving open source toward justice and community. The site outlines the philosophy of the movement, provides a definition of ethical open source, collects press articles about ethical source, and provides a list of related licenses..
Meritocracy favors the privileged, but remains largely unchallenged in the open source community. The Post-Meritocracy Manifesto is a values-based alternative to traditional governance of open source.
Beacon is an open source application that brings safety, transparency, and consistency to the enforcement of codes of conduct. It is currently in private beta and will be launched in September of 2019.
I am a founding panelist on the Greater Than Code podcast, a popular program that focuses on the human elements of software development.
I have been contributing to open source since the late 1990s. Over the past decade I have contributed to major Ruby and Rails open source projects and authored more than a dozen Ruby gems.
I volunteer as a mentor to early-career developers, helping them grow their technical skills, develop strategies for overcoming bias and discrimination in the industry, and manage their careers and public profiles.