Gabriele is an open source executive and technologist at heart. He spent over 15 years building developer ecosystems to deliver value through open source across Europe and the US. He thrives on driving innovation both contributing to open source communities and joining commercial open source ventures, whether it’s for an early stage tech startup, a Fortune 500 firm or a non profit foundation. Previously Director of Product Management at Alfresco, as Executive Director Gabriele grew the Fintech Open Source Foundation FINOS from the ground up, with the vision of creating a trusted arena for the global financial services industry to innovate faster, leveraging open source as a model of collaboration. Gabriele holds a Master in Computer Engineering, is a Committer for the Apache Software Foundation and advises open source startups. He’s a passionate soccer fan, reggae music connoisseur and special needs dad and advocate wannabe.
Beth has a background of over 20 years experience in customer/executive support and marketing in the private, public, and non profit sectors. After earning her BS in International Politics from Georgetown University, Beth spent the early part of her career working for the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Relations Committee and as the assistant to the Legislative Director for Paralyzed Veterans of America. She then worked for over 10 years in marketing as a copywriter in both the financial services and consumer electronics industries. Most recently, she has been working as a liaison to facilitate telemedicine visits for patients of a family medical practice.
In addition to managing the Foundation’s legal affairs, Aaron chairs the Foundation’s Open Source Readiness working group, helping members to develop policies that enable productive engagement with open source. Aaron has counseled both commercial software producers and nonprofit foundations on legal issues related to open source software. As counsel for the Software Freedom Law Center, he advised some of the most significant open source software foundations. At IEEE, he advised internal clients on open access and open licensing matters. And as a partner at Tor Ekeland P.C., he advised startups and commercial software companies on establishing open source policies, designing open source business models, and on license compliance.
Aaron (Grizz) Griswold has a performing arts background, coupled with an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia, and experience running technology companies and conferences.
Before FINOS, Aaron managed web design and development companies, and helped build multiple tech conferences like All Things Open (in the open source space), and ConvergeSE (in the design and developer space). He owned multiple companies in various industries, been a marketing manager for others, and was in the US Army as an infantry paratrooper at the 82nd Airborne Division.
Aitana joined FINOS in 2019 as a graduate summer intern focused on open source projects. Prior to joining FINOS, Aitana lived in Chile for three years, where she started her career in investment banking. She later joined nonprofit Endeavor, where she advised local technology startups on their growth and fundraising strategies. Aitana holds an MPA in International Finance from Columbia University, and a dual Business and Law degree from CUNEF at Universidad Complutense. Based in New York but originally from Spain, Aitana is fluent in Spanish, German and English.
Rob Underwood oversees the marketing, development, and operations of FINOS projects. Based in New York and with a background in both corporate strategy and technology, Rob is responsible for identifying and evaluating new FINOS project opportunities in the financial services industry. Rob also advises FINOS regarding the foundation’s strategy and positioning, especially with the NY tech, startup, and venture capital community.
To FINOS Rob brings two decades of experience leading marketing, sales, product, operations, and technology initiatives in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, ranging in size from two-person startups to Fortune 100 corporations. Rob has previously been both a non profit Executive Director and a Chief Technology Officer at Relay Graduate School of Education. Rob also did a 13 year stint in management consulting, first with KPMG/BearingPoint from 2000 to 2006, and then with Deloitte Consulting LLP as a senior manager in their corporate strategy practice from 2006 to 2013.