Linux Fund Team


David Mandel – Executive Director since 1999

David Mandel is a long time open source Evangelist/Developer with experience in both the public and the private sector. He is Chief Activist of the Portland Linux/Unix Group and has helped organize local open source groups in several states and other nations. Mr. Mandel is known for his work in Geographic Information Systems with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management where he was Chief Engineer on a large long term GIS services contract. Mr. Mandel was involved in a number of start up companies including one he lead which created a family of specialized Linux distributions called Netules. During his career, Mr. Mandel has also done consulting, taught college, and worked as a scientific programmer and system administrator. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer, he is interested in international development and has been volunteering time, money, and his open source talents to assist people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ilan Rabinovitch – Director since 2009

Ilan Rabinovitch lives in Santa Monica, California and has been a user and evangelist of open source for over 10 years. He is a co-founder and current Conference Chair of the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE), a nonprofit and community run event which provides educational opportunities around open source. In addition to his involvement with the open-source community, he is a co-founder and a developer at Geek-PAC.org an organization which lobbies for information rights reform. Ilan is currently employed by Edmunds.com as Linux and J2EE systems administrator.

Randal L. Schwartz – Director since 2009

Randal L. Schwartz is a world-renowned expert on the Perl programming language, having contributed to a dozen top-selling books on the subject, and over 250 magazine articles. Randal runs Stonehenge Consulting Services, a Perl and Smalltalk training and consulting company and is a familiar face at open source events around the world. Randal is a founding board member of the Perl Mongers, the worldwide Perl grassroots advocacy organization and is currently the co-host of the FLOSS Weekly netcast.


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