Deborah Bryant

Public Sector Communities Manager
Oregon State University Open Source Lab

Ms. Bryant will be moderating the Open Source: Lessons Learned Panel during GOSCON DC 2011 at the Innovation Nation Forum.

Deborah Bryant is the Public Sector Communities Manager at Oregon State University's Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) and chairs the annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON). Deborah has earned an international reputation for her expertise and insights in the adoption and use of open source software and open development models in the public sector.

Deborah's background includes over twenty years of management experience in information technology in the private and public sectors. Before joining OSU to create the public sector program at the OSL, Deborah served as Oregon’s Deputy State Chief Information Officer. Her private sector background includes management positions in several emerging technology areas; parallel and high-speed computing and commercialized internet and web applications in the 80s, commercial wide area networks, advanced telecommunications and data/voice convergence in the 90s.

Deborah serves on numerous boards with an emphasis on open source as enabling an technology; Board Director for; Board Advisor for the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation; Board Advisor Oregon Virtual School District; National Steering Committee for Open Source for America; Board Advisor to Code for America (CfA); Board Advisor to CivicCommons; Member of CrisisCongress; Advisory Council Member, Intrahealth International.

Deborah pioneering efforts were acknowledged by an 2010 O'Reilly Open Source Award in recognition of her achievements in building open source communities and advocating its use in government.