Governance

The GNOME Foundation is comprised of a number of bodies – the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, the Advisory Board and the GNOME Membership. The GNOME Foundation Charter outlines the overall purpose, structure, and process for the GNOME Foundation. The Bylaws of the GNOME Foundation (PDF or source in reStructuredText) document the policies and procedures of the Foundation as a non-profit group.

The GNOME Foundation also publishes Reports on its activities each year.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets every other week with a phone conference to discuss various topics pertaining to the regular activities of the GNOME Foundation and GNOME. The minutes to these meetings are posted publicly on the foundation-list mailing list and on the Minutes wiki page for easier access.

The current Board of Directors can be seen on the Foundation page and the history of the Board of Directors lists all directors elected in previous years.

Executive Director

The Executive Director is tasked with managing and growing the GNOME Foundation as an organization. Working with the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and the GNOME Foundation members.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is made up of organizations and companies that support GNOME. The Advisory Board has no decision-making authority but provides a vehicle for its members to communicate with the Board of Directors and help the Directors guide the overall direction of GNOME and the GNOME Foundation.

The Advisory Board consists of representatives from corporations and projects that are listed as sponsors at the Foundation page.

Each Advisory Board member has up to three representatives. An up-to-date list of representatives is maintained on the Advisory Board wiki page.

GNOME Foundation Membership

The GNOME Foundation Membership consists of all the contributors to the GNOME project. Members can run for election to the Board of Directors, vote in the elections for the Board of Directors, and suggest referenda.