The Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) is our “technical supreme court” and is expected to facilitate driving neutral consensus for:

  • defining and maintaining the technical vision for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation,
  • approving new projects within the scope for CNCF set by the Governing Board, and create a conceptual architecture for the projects,
  • aligning projects, removing or archiving projects,
  • accepting feedback from end user committee and map to projects,
  • aligning interfaces to components under management (code reference implementations before standardizing), and
  • defining common practices to be implemented across CNCF projects, if any.

You can follow the TOC activity on GitHub ( and on their respective mailing list:

The TOC Representatives Are:

Alexis Richardson
Weaveworks (TOC Chair)
Alexis is the co-founder and CEO of Weaveworks. He is also the chairman of the TOC for CNCF, and the co-founder of the Coed:Code meetups.
Previously he was at Pivotal, as head of products for Spring, RabbitMQ, Redis, Apache Tomcat and vFabric. Alexis was responsible for resetting the product direction of Spring and transitioning the vFabric business from VMware. Alexis co-founded RabbitMQ, and was CEO of the Rabbit company acquired by VMware in 2010, where he worked on numerous cloud platforms. Rumours persist that he co-founded several other software companies including Cohesive Networks, after a career as a prop trader in fixed income derivatives, and a misspent youth studying and teaching mathematical logic.
Ben Hindman
Ben Hindman is one of the creators of Apache Mesos, a platform for building and running resource-efficient distributed systems at scale.
Ben started working on Mesos as a PhD student at Berkeley before he brought it to Twitter where it runs on thousands of machines. An academic at heart, his research in programming languages and distributed systems has been published in leading academic conferences.
Brian Grant
Brian is a Principal Engineer and co-Technical Lead of Kubernetes at Google.
Bryan Cantrill
Bryan Cantrill is the CTO at Joyent, where he oversees worldwide development of the SmartOS and SmartDataCenter platforms, and the Node.js platform.
Prior to joining Joyent, Bryan served as a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, where he spent over a decade working on system software, from the guts of the kernel to client-code on the browser. In particular, he co-designed and implemented DTrace, a facility for dynamic instrumentation of production systems that won the Wall Street Journal's top Technology Innovation Award in 2006 and the USENIX Software Tools User Group Award in 2008. Bryan also co-founded the Fishworks group at Sun, where he designed and implemented the DTrace-based analytics facility for the Sun Storage 7000 series of appliances. Bryan received the ScB magna cum laude with honors in Computer Science from Brown University.
Camille Fournier
Bio coming soon.
Elissa Murphy
Bio coming soon.
Jonathan Boulle
Jonathan works at CoreOS helping to lead the architecture and implementation of new cloud-native platforms like Kubernetes.
He previously worked at Twitter building out datacenters and developing their application container and orchestration systems based around Mesos. He's been heavily involved in container standardisation efforts like the App Container (appc) project and the newer OCI (Open Container Initiative) Image Format specification.
Kenneth Owens
Ken Owens is Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Native Platforms at Cisco.
Ken is responsible for creating and communicating technical/scientific vision and strategy for Cisco’s cloud native technologies. He brings a compelling view of technology trends in enterprise IT (e.g. infrastructure, computing, SaaS, virtualization, and cloud) and evangelizes the technology roadmap for the business. Before joining Cisco in 2014, Ken spent over 7 years at Savvis as the Chief Scientist, CTO, and VP Security and Virtualization Technologies. Prior assignments include 5 years as a network security architect at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., and Edward Jones brokerage firms in St. Louis, Mo, and 10 years in the design and architecture of communications systems and components for Erlang Technologies, Tellabs, and Wiltel. Ken holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Solomon Hykes
Solomon Hykes is the founder, CTO and chief architect of Docker and the creator of the Docker open source initiative.
In his role at Docker, he is focused on building a platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship, run and orchestrate distributed applications. A Forbes 30 under 30 and YCombinator alumni, Solomon led dotCloud as CEO through five years of fundraising, business operations and product launches before focusing entirely on Docker. Prior to dotCloud, Solomon held engineering, IT infrastructure management and software development roles at CEIS and SmartJog.