Over the last two decades, Deborah Bryant has focused on open source software; supporting communities of developers through both her work and non-profit board contributions; successfully advocating for the use of open source in the public sector and assisting government in adapting their policies and practices; leading a team of global community stewards in the Office of the CTO at Red Hat.
As State of Oregon’s Deputy CIO her responsibilities included information technology policy and administrative hearings as well as operations responsibility for federalizing some of the state's systems. Deborah oversaw the development of Oregon’s first eGovernment program, implementation of its first eCommerce system, championed early use of open source in voice, video and network services. She was the first US state official to provide testimony on proposed open source legislation. At Oregon State University, she helped the Open Source Lab (OSL) grow into a world class facility for open source community projects as well as an exemplary learning and research environment. There she also founded and produced the annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) for 7 years. As an international consultant she provided guidance to governments on adoption free and open source software as part their national referendums (efficiency, ICT and economic development, security).
Deborah is Board Director Emeritus at the Open Source Initiative, Board Advisor to the Open Source Elections Technology (OSET) Foundation, Board Director at DemocracyLab. Her publications include research on the use of open source software for Cybersecurity in the US energy industry.