Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Strategist for Red Hat, Inc. in the US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government.
He is also a founder of Open Source for America, one of Federal Computer Week's Fed 100 for 2010, and has been voted one of the FedScoop 50 for industry leadership. He is a member of the Military Open Source working group, the SIIA Software Division Board, the Board of Directors for the Public Sector Innovation Group, the Open Technology Fund Advisory Council, and New America's California Civic Innovation Project Advisory Council. He perks up when people talk about commoditization, the industrial mobilization of World War II, and interagency collaboration through the open source model. He is also co-host of the Dave and Gunnar Show.
Prior to joining Red Hat, he worked as a developer, systems administrator, and IT director for a series of internet businesses. He has also been a business and IT consultant to not-for-profit organizations in New York City. During that time, he spearheaded the reform of safety regulations for New York State's electrical utilities following the tragic death of Jodie Lane.
When he is not spreading the Good News about open source, he is enjoying his time in Austin with his dog, his son, and his wife.