Hi! I’m Nithya A. Ruff, Head of the Amazon Open Source Program Office. I drive open source culture and coordination inside of Amazon and engagement with external communities.
Prior to Amazon, I started and grew Comcast and Western Digital’s Open Source Program Offices. I first glimpsed the power of open source while at SGI in the ‘90s and have been building bridges between companies and the open source community ever since. I’m a passionate advocate and speaker for opening doors to new and diverse people in technology. I often speak and write on topics of OSPOs, diversity in tech and history and future of open source. I have been pushing for all contributions to open source to be valued such as in marketing, legal and community and not just code.
I also enjoy traveling and cooking new recipes. I'm currently working on a cookbook of family recipes to pass on to my children.