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FSF's new operations assistant

by Chrissie Himes Contributions Published on Jun 30, 2012 11:54 AM
Hello, I'm Chrissie Himes, the new operations assistant, and I'm excited to officially be with the Free Software Foundation. I handle sales, donations, and general office operations.

I came to free software via my interest, or rather, my frustration with the music industry. Following a volunteership at an all ages nonprofit music venue in Seattle, I attended Northeastern University for my BS in music industry, with minors in political science and business. The program embraced that we are on the cusp of change, and encouraged us to develop innovative solutions. This fueled my interest in copyright/copyleft, the Constitution, and business practices. I received a juris doctor from University of San Diego School of Law, where I focused on those aforementioned fields of study along with other media such as software, art, and journalism. I interned at New Media Rights, a nonprofit that helps creators and entrepreneurs navigate their internet/legal questions. In addition, I interned at USD's civil clinic, and worked in offices at Northeastern's political science department and University of Washington's psychology department.

Upon returning to Boston in September 2011, I connected with the FSF at Software Freedom Day. I volunteered at the FSF, including helping out at LibrePlanet 2012. Through interacting with a variety of people at these events and in the office, I realized the importance of having people involved in the free software movement who possessed a multitude of strengths. Being especially interested in media and copyright reform keyed me into the future where all forms of media (software, music, video games, literature, sports, film, etc.) cross paths and interoperability is necessary.

When I'm not at the FSF office, I'm enjoying local shows, media/legal talks, and tennis.

You can contact me at sales@gnu.org , and you can keep up with all the latest GNU Gear by subscribing to the shop http://fsf.org/blogs/gnu-press/ blog. Support our work by making a donation or joining as a member.

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