Jeff has been involved with open source since 2001. He started using Linux professionally at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a Senior Systems Administrator and Programmer for the Computer Science department. From there, he went on to work at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL) as the Operations Manager, providing technical and organizational leadership to the OSL while working closely with the many open source projects hosted there, including Drupal.org, the Linux Foundation, and the Apache Software Foundation. Currently, Jeff works as a Senior Performance Engineer and Technical Lead at Tag1 Consulting.
Jeff has extensive infrastructure experience, gained over the years. As the Operations Manager at OSU Open Source Lab -- the largest open source hosting infrastructure of its kind -- he led the infrastructure and development teams; he is deeply involved in the CentOS Linux build and release process as a member of the QA team; and he works as a volunteer for the drupal.org infrastructure team. Jeff currently maintains a number of packages for the Fedora Project and Fedora's Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL), and serves as the Lead Systems Architect for multiple Tag1 clients.
In addition to serving as Technical Editor and a frequent contributor to Drupal Watchdog Magazine, Jeff is also co-author of High Performance Drupal, written with Narayan Newton and Nathaniel Catchpole.