Cloud Native DevOps Steering Committee


Cloud Native DevOps Steering Committee

Led by Chair Michael Clark, this steering committee is an influential body that will set the tone and direction of Cloud Native DevOps’ approach to adoption and best practices for the large enterprise.  

Board Members


Michael Clark 
Solutions Architect – Renaissance Tech & Media
Organizer, DevOpsDays Boston 2017 – 2020  
Co-Chair, Cloud Native DevOps Steering Board, ONUG 2020  
Co-Organizer “Observe 2020,” Boston Spring 2020  

Adrian Cockcroft

Adrian Cockcroft
VP Cloud Architecture Strategy


Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology and is fascinated by what happens next. In his role at AWS, Cockcroft is focused on the needs of cloud-native and “all-in” customers.

Prior to AWS, Cockcroft started out as a developer in the UK, joined Sun Microsystems and then moved to the United States in 1993, ending up as a Distinguished Engineer. Cockcroft left Sun in 2004, was a founding member of eBay research labs, and started at Netflix in 2007. He initially directed a team working on personalization algorithms and then became a cloud architect, helping teams scale and migrate to AWS. As Netflix shared its architecture publicly, Cockcroft became a regular speaker at conferences and executive summits, and he created and led the Netflix open source program. In 2014, he joined VC firm Battery Ventures, promoting new ideas around DevOps, microservices, cloud, and containers, and moved into his current role at AWS in October 2016.  He has recruited a team of experienced open source technologists to AWS and given keynote presentations at AWS Summits and many other events around the world.

Cockcroft holds a degree in Applied Physics from The City University, London and is a published author of four books, notably Sun Performance and Tuning (Prentice Hall, 1998).


Anaf Durrani
VP of Engineering

Anaf Durrani has been with Cigna since 2013 and is currently responsible for leading the DevOps and Productivity Engineering Center of Enablement and the Software-Defined Everything (SDx) initiative for Global Infrastructure Services. In this role, Anaf drives DevOps architecture, engineering, and enablement working across 500 scrum teams. As the SDx lead, Anaf is bringing a software engineering mindset to infrastructure to enable Cigna to support a hybrid, multi-cloud environment. Anaf started his career at Motorola in the Push-to-Talk (PPT) division as an engineer. He was part of a team that expanded PTT globally. Prior to Cigna, Anaf spent 6 years at and its online retail travel brands leading Product Development and Quality Engineering organizations transitioning his teams to practice continuous delivery. Anaf has worked in the business and IT with a primary focus on enhancing customer experience. His experience with start-ups and enterprise development provides a unique experience to enable transitions.

Anaf has earned a master’s in software engineering from Southern Methodist University, a bachelor’s in computer science from DePaul University and currently resides in Schaumburg, IL with his wife, 3 sons and 2 daughters.


Suzan Mahboob
Lead for the SRE Cloud Engineering Team
TD Bank

Suzan Mahboob is the Lead for the SRE Cloud Engineering Team at TD Bank, supporting TD’s public and private Cloud platforms. She enjoys everything Infrastructure Innovation. She is an active member of the technology community, speaking regularly at conferences, covering topics that are pushing boundaries and helping us transform the way we do things. She knows the challenges we face when working within monolithic, matrixed, large enterprises and hopes to bring her experiences detangling and decommissioning brownfield technologies while advancing greenfield initiatives. When she isn’t putting out production fires, she’s busy writing her blog, partnering and advocating for diversity in technology and exploring the great city of Toronto.


John Willis
Senior Director of the Global Transformation Office
Red Hat

John Willis is Senior Director of the Global Transformation Office at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, he was the Director of Ecosystem Development for Docker, which he joined after the company he co-founded (SocketPlane, which focused on SDN for containers) was acquired by Docker in February 2015.  Previous to founding SocketPlane in Fall 2014, John was the Chief DevOps Evangelist at Dell, which he joined following the Enstratius acquisition in May 2013. He has also held past executive roles at Chef and Canonical. John was one of the earliest cloud evangelists and is considered one of the founders of the DevOps movement. John is the author of 7 IBM Redbooks. He is also the co-author of the “DevOps Handbook” and “Beyond the Phoenix Project” along with author Gene Kim.


Samantha Grumdahl

Samantha Grumdahl
Principal Engineer
Target Corporation
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Samantha Grumdahl is a Principal Engineer at Target Corporation and is currently focused on Site Reliability Engineering. She gave up a life doing research in microbial biochemistry to spend more than twenty years in network and security – primarily in academia.  Her volunteer efforts revolve around increasing interest in STEM and IT especially among young girls and under-represented minorities. She is also a long-time organizer of the DevOps MSP meetup and DevOpsDays Minneapolis. During her free time, Samantha can usually be found enjoying a cup of tea brewed at the ideal temperature, biking around town, or spending time with her family.