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The Leadership Group is made up of members that contribute over $20,000 annually to the project, along with representatives from institutions contributing at least 0.5 FTE in-kind developers, or a combination of financial and in-kind resources. See In-Kind Guidelines for more information. 

Members that contribute at lower levels can also be elected to serve on the leadership group. See Elections for more information.

The Leadership Group approves the overall priorities and strategic direction of the project by:

  • Approving the annual budget allocation and any modifications
  • Approving the product roadmap
  • Approving the strategic direction
  • Nominating and electing Steering Group members
  • Voting on key decisions presented by Steering Group
  • Helping to raise funds and secure other resources on behalf of the project

Leadership Group Members serve 2-year terms once elected. See FY2022 Governance Members for a list of current members and their status.

A complete list of Past Leadership Group members can be found on the Fedora website here.

Leadership Group Ambassadors


Steering Group Members serve 3-year terms once elected. See FY2022 Governance Members for current members and their status.

A complete list of past Steering Group members , including brief profiles, can be found on the Fedora website here.

Steering Group Chair

The Steering Group elects a chair-elect on an annual basis, drawn from among its members. The chair-elect serves for one year prior to beginning their term as chair. The Steering Group chair also serves as the Leaders Group chair, to ensure both groups are working on the same agenda and time frame. When needed, the person serves as the personification / representative of the members of the Fedora Community. The Chair has the following duties:  

  • Serves as chair-elect for one year prior to beginning their term as chair.
  • Chairs the Steering Group meetings (both face to face and conference calls), ensuring an appropriate agenda
  • Chairs the Leaders Group meetings (both face to face and conference calls), ensuring an appropriate agenda
  • Collects and channels feedback on DuraSpace-employed staff supporting Fedora for annual and ad hoc performance reviews
  • Represents the community in discussions / negotiations with DuraSpace, as appropriate
  • Ensures Steering & Leaders contribute to the creation of and final validation of the Fedora project's annual budget, strategic plan and operating plan
  • Ensures Members, Steering & Leaders contribute resources (financial and human) and energy to the project consistent with a member-driven, member-supported open source project


Program Manager

The Product Manager, employed through DuraSpace, is funded by and accountable to the Fedora community. The Product Program Manager has the following duties:

  • Set the long-term vision for Fedora 
  • Serve as strategic liaison to the Steering group, Leadership group, governance groups, community members, service providers, and other stakeholders. 
  • Work with the Steering and Leadership governance groups to secure funding and in-kind contributions from Fedora stakeholders
  • Perform local and international outreach to institutions, government organizations, funding agencies, and others
  • Work together with the Fedora Technical Lead to oversee key project processes
  • Maintain project budget


For the stability and continuity of the technical platform, the Fedora communityprogram, through DuraSpace, employs a full-time technical manager. The Technical Manager resource. This individual has the following duties:

  • Establish technical vision, goals, and priorities for the Fedora platform
  • Coordinate community software development effort around above priorities
  • Chair Participation in weekly technical meeting
  • Support community engagement in technical discussions
  • Support community understanding of Fedora through workshops, conferences, etc
  • Ensure regular, production-quality Fedora releases
  • Support community initiatives in the broader Fedora ecosystem
  • Keep Leadership Group governance abreast of developments and needs
  • Cultivate vibrant developer community