Biography:Danese Cooper

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Danese Cooper
Wikimedia Foundation Danese Cooper Sept 2010.jpg
Cooper in 2010
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BA)

Danese Cooper is an American programmer,[1] computer scientist[2] and advocate of open source software.[3]


Cooper has managed teams at Symantec and Apple Inc. For six years, she served as chief open source "evangelist" for Sun Microsystems before leaving to serve as senior director for open source strategies at Intel.[3][4][5] In 2009 she worked as "Open Source Diva" at REvolution Computing (now Revolution Analytics).[6] She is a board member of the Open Source Hardware Association.[7] She is a board observer at Mozilla, and serves as a member of the Apache Software Foundation.[3] She was a board member at the Drupal Association[8] and the Open Source Initiative.[9] In October 2018, Danese joined Irish tech company NearForm as VP of Special Initiatives.[10]

Open source

Cooper's major work within the open source area of computer software has garnered her the nickname "Open Source Diva".[4][11] She was recruited, while at a sushi bar in Cupertino, to a position at Sun working towards opening the source code to Java. Within six months she quit frustrated by the claims of open source development with Java that Sun made, only to find that little "open sourcing" was taking place. Sun sought to keep Cooper understanding her need to further open source software and re-hired her as their corporate open source officer.[12] Her six years with Sun Microsystems is credited as the key to the company opening up its source code and lending support to Sun's software suite, Oracle Grid Engine, among others.[5][13] In 2009 she joined REvolution Computing, a "provider of open source predictive analytics solutions", to work on community outreach amongst developers unfamiliar with the programming language R and general open source strategies.[6] She has also made public speaking appearances discussing open sourcing, speaking at the Malaysian National Computer Confederation Open Source Compatibility Centre, OSCON, gov2.0 Expo, and the Southern California Linux Expo.[14][15][16][17] In 2005 Cooper was a contributing author to Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution.[18]

Wikimedia Foundation

In February 2010 Cooper was appointed Chief Technical Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, leading their technical team and developing and executing the Foundation's technical strategy,[3][13][19] along with which she would also be working on outreach with Wikimedia volunteers to expand on development and localizing of software.[13] Cooper credits the open source community in helping her obtain the position at Wikimedia.[20] She left the organization in July 2011.[21][why?]


Danese Cooper is the founder and chair of the InnerSource Commons Foundation.[22][23] In 2018 she co-authored Adopting InnerSource[24] with Klaas-Jan Stol which was published by O'Reilly.


In June 2011, Cooper started a consultancy, daneseWorks, whose first client was inBloom. She is[when?] also currently helping Numenta with their open source & machine learning strategy.[25]

Personal life

Danese Cooper obtained her high school diploma from Chadwick School and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Upon graduation she spent time in Morocco as a volunteer in the Peace Corps.[6][12] Cooper credits her time with the Peace Corps as fostering her desire to travel and work within the developing world to explore policy, education and how open source software can "give certain kids another alternative". She is married to a software developer and enjoys knitting, which she often engages in during meetings.[12][26][27]

See also

  • List of Wikipedia people


  1. Simon, Leslie. "Geek Girl Of The Week: Danese Cooper". Leslie Simon. 
  2. "PayPal names Danese Cooper head, open source". 2014-02-21. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Noted & Quoted.". Computers in Libraries 30 (4): 36–37. 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "A Katt of Letters". eWeek (ZDNet) 22 (13): 64. 2005. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Briefs". Computerworld (IDG) 39 (13): 8–12. 2005. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 ""Open Source Diva" Danese Cooper Joins REvolution Computing" (Press release). Business Wire. 2009-03-24. ProQuest 444187657. External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. "Board of Directors" (Press release). Open Source Hardware Association. 2013-07-11.
  8. "Board of Directors" (Press release). Drupal Association. 2013-07-11.
  9. "Board Meeting Report" (Press release). Open Source Initiative. 2011-03-17. Archived from the original on 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  10. [1] [|permanent dead link|dead link}}]
  11. Paul Festa (3 September 2001). "Rebellion festers in far-flung colonies of Microsoft's empire". Canberra Times. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Robin Miller (2008). "Open source diva Danese Cooper (video)". Video. SourceForge. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Danese Cooper joins Wikimedia as CTO" (Press release). Wikimedia Foundation. 2010-01-28. Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  14. "Talk on open source Java projects". New Straits Times. 7 July 2003. 
  15. "Danese Cooper". O'Reilly. 2010. 
  16. "OSCON 2008: Danese Cooper, Open Source Initiative and Intel Corporation: "Why Whinging Doesn't Work"". O'Reilly. 2008. 
  17. "Danese Cooper - Speaking Topic: WIOS: Why Whinging* Doesn't Work". Speakers. Southern California Linux Expo. 2002–2011. 
  18. "Source is everything--the continuing evolution; O'Reilly releases "Open Sources 2.0"" (Press release). M2 Presswire. 2006-01-10. ProQuest 445731773.
  19. "Content News". EContent 33 (3): 13. 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  20. Lisa Hoover (2010). "Wikimedia Hires Danese Cooper as New CTO". Blog. Ostatic. 
  21. "CTO Leaving Wikimedia Foundation end of July". Wikimediaannounce-l. 
  22. "Implementing Open Source Internally—Key Elements to Success". IDG Communications. 3 August 2021. 
  23. "Board & Governance". 
  24. Cooper, Danese; Stol, Klaas-Jan (July 2018). Adopting InnerSource. O'Reilly. ISBN 978-1-492-04183-2. Retrieved 11 October 2021. 
  25. Video on YouTube
  26. Sean Michael Kerner (2010). "Wikimedia Gets New CTO". Newslinx. 
  27. Jim Grisanzio (Mar 20, 2005). "Danese Inside" (Blog). "all you really need to know about Danese is that she knits in meetings," 

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