August 14, 2017

GNOME Board of Directors Announced for 2017-2018

ORINDA, CA. The GNOME Foundation welcomes its new Board of Directors for the 2017 – 2018 term:

  • Alexandre Franke
  • Allan Day
  • Carlos Soriano
  • Cosimo Cecchi
  • Meg Ford
  • Nuritzi Sanchez
  • Zeeshan Ali


This year we had 225 registered voters, 110 of which sent in valid ballots. Elections ran during the months of May and June, and the new Board was officially announced on June 21, 2017.

The Board of Directors is a team of volunteers who are elected for a one-year term by GNOME Foundation members. The Board is an important part of the GNOME Foundation and ensures the health of the organization by working on operational and legal items that help keep the Foundation in order. It also helps to manage the relationship with the Advisory Board and promotes the overall well-being of the GNOME Project. This year’s Board has experience that spans the GNOME project including expertise in design, development, newcomers initiatives, and communications.

Outgoing members of the Board are Jim Hall and Shaun McCance. The GNOME Foundation thanks them for their time on the Board, and for helping the Foundation navigate important matters during their term, like hiring the new GNOME Executive Director, Neil McGovern.

Since their official election in June, the new Board was onboarded by last year’s Board at GUADEC, taking on outgoing members’ responsibilities and adding new ones as a result of the full-day session before GUADEC opened. During that meeting, the following officers were elected, and later announced at the Annual General Meeting on July 29, 2017:

  • President & Chairperson of the Board: Nuritzi Sanchez
  • Vice-President & Vice-Chairperson of the Board: Allan Day
  • Secretary: Alexandre Franke
  • Vice-Secretary: Cosimo Cecchi
  • Treasurer: Carlos Soriano
  • Vice-Treasurer: Shaun McCance

While no longer a part of the GNOME Foundation Board, Shaun McCance will be sticking around as Vice Treasurer to help provide expertise and oversight as the new Treasurer ramps up. “We have a great group of people this term who are excited and passionate about finding more ways for the GNOME Foundation to help the GNOME Project thrive. We have already built some momentum from our meeting at GUADEC and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead of us.” – says Nuritzi Sanchez, who is serving her second term as President and Chairperson of the Board.

You can find out more about the GNOME Board by visiting the Foundation page of our website, or you can contact the Board directly by sending an email to

The GNOME Foundation thanks everyone who participated in this year’s Board of Directors elections, and extends a special thanks to the election committee for planning and executing another successful election process.

Welcome to our new Board!