The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of open source software projects. The Foundation provides an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that simultaneously limits contributors potential legal exposure. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process, Apache projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products.

Formerly known as the Apache Group, the Foundation has been incorporated as a membership-based, not-for-profit corporation in order to ensure that the Apache projects continue to exist beyond the participation of individual volunteers. Individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to collaborative open-source software development, through sustained participation and contributions within the Foundation's projects, are eligible for membership in the ASF. An individual is awarded membership after nomination and approval by a majority of the existing ASF members. Thus, the ASF is governed by the community it most directly serves -- the people collaborating within its projects.

The ASF members periodically elect a Board of Directors to manage the organizational affairs of the Foundation, as accorded by the ASF Bylaws. The Board, in turn, appoints a number of officers to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. A number of public records of our operation are made available to the community.

Current officers of The Apache Software Foundation:

Chairman Jim Jagielski
President Justin Erenkrantz
Treasurer J. Aaron Farr
Secretary Sam Ruby
Exec. V.P Sander Striker
V.P., Conference Planning Lars Eilebrecht
V.P., Java Community Process Geir Magnusson Jr.
V.P., Legal Affairs Sam Ruby
V.P., Public Relations Jim Jagielski
V.P., Infrastructure Paul Querna
V.P., Travel Assistance Gavin McDonald
V.P., Apache ActiveMQ Hiram Chirino
V.P., Apache Ant Conor MacNeill
V.P., Apache APR Bojan Smojver
V.P., Apache Archiva Maria Odea Ching
V.P., Apache Beehive Eddie O'Neil
V.P., Apache C++ Standard Library Martin Sebor
V.P., Apache Camel Hadrian Zbarcea
V.P., Apache Cayenne Andrus Adamchik
V.P., Apache Cocoon Reinhard Pötz
V.P., Apache Commons Torsten Curdt
V.P., Apache Continuum Emmanuel Venisse
V.P., Apache CXF Dan Kulp
V.P., Apache DB Jean T. Anderson
V.P., Apache Directory Emmanuel Lécharny
V.P., Apache Excalibur Carsten Ziegeler
V.P., Apache Felix Richard S. Hall
V.P., Apache Forrest David Crossley
V.P., Apache Geronimo Kevan Miller
V.P., Apache Gump Stefan Bodewig
V.P., Apache Hadoop Owen O'Malley
V.P., Apache Harmony Tim Ellison
V.P., Apache HiveMind James Carman
V.P., Apache HttpComponents Erik Abele
V.P., Apache HTTP Server Roy T. Fielding
V.P., Apache iBATIS Clinton Begin
V.P., Apache Incubator Noel J. Bergman
V.P., Apache Jackrabbit Jukka Zitting
V.P., Apache Jakarta Martin van den Bemt
V.P., Apache JAMES Danny Angus
V.P., Apache Labs Bernd Fondermann
V.P., Apache Lenya Gregor J. Rothfuss
V.P., Apache Logging Services Curt Arnold
V.P., Apache Lucene Grant Ingersoll
V.P., Apache Maven Jason van Zyl
V.P., Apache MINA Julien Vermillard
V.P., Apache MyFaces Matthias Wessendorf
V.P., Apache ODE Matthieu Riou
V.P., Apache OFBiz David Jones
V.P., Apache OpenEJB David Blevins
V.P., Apache OpenJPA Craig Russell
V.P., Apache Perl Geoffrey Young
V.P., Apache POI Nick Burch
V.P., Apache Portals David Sean Taylor
V.P., Apache Quetzalcoatl Gregory Trubetskoy
V.P., Apache Roller Dave Johnson
V.P., Apache Santuario Berin Lautenbach
V.P., Apache ServiceMix Guillaume Nodet
V.P., Apache Shale Craig McClanahan
V.P., Apache SpamAssassin Daryl C. W. O'Shea
V.P., Apache Struts Martin Cooper
V.P., Apache Synapse Paul Fremantle
V.P., Apache Tapestry Howard Lewis Ship
V.P., Apache TCL David N. Welton
V.P., Apache Tiles Greg Reddin
V.P., Apache Tomcat Mladen Turk
V.P., Apache Turbine Scott Eade
V.P., Apache Velocity Will Glass-Husain
V.P., Apache Web Services Glen Daniels
V.P., Apache Wicket Martijn Dashorst
V.P., Apache Xalan Brian Minchau
V.P., Apache Xerces Gareth Reakes
V.P., Apache XML Gianugo Rabellino
V.P., Apache XMLBeans Cezar Andrei
V.P., Apache XML Graphics Jeremias Märki

The Foundation is a collaborative project of the ASF. Our goal is to build and sustain the literal foundation upon which our open-source software projects are based. Like the other projects, we will need help to achieve this goal, and several groups have already contributed their time and effort to good effect. However, it is often difficult to find volunteers to perform the essential grunge work behind the scenes. We are in the process of putting together a support organization, using funds contributed by the Apache community, that will provide the administrative assistance needed to keep the projects moving at full steam.