Leslie Hawthorn has spent her career creating and cultivating open source
communities. She has driven open source strategy in Fortune 10 companies, pre-IPO
startups, and Foundation Boards including senior roles at Red Hat, Google, the Open
Source Initiative, and Elastic. She currently leads the vertical community strategy team
within Red Hat’s Open Source Program Office.

Leslie advocates for creating citizen-centric and highly accessible Smart Cities underpinned by open source and open standards. She spends her spare time on tech for social good projects. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, she has called Europe home for the past seven years and resides in Bonn with her daughter, their two canaries, Elle and Nana, and a small cat named Fee.