• Board Of Trustees

    The Board of Trustees (BoT) is the approving body for decisions about the Foundation. Members are selected to represent diverse expertise from across multiple industries and geographies, ensuring that special interests - whether commercial, governmental, or otherwise - do not unduly influence decisions.

    Phillip J. Windley, Ph.D.


    Bryan Pon

    Drummond Reed

    Heather C. Dahl

    Executive Director/CEO

    Jason Law

    Joyce Searls

    Kazue Sako, Ph.D.

    Mawaki Chango, Ph.D.

    Peter Simpson

    Rebecca Goldin

    Rondle Amstutz

    Tim Brown

  • Executive Leadership

    The Sovrin Foundation Leadership Team is comprised of a CEO, CFO, CTO, and Director of Marketing. These employees of the Foundation provide the support and guidance to the Governing Bodies' decision making processes.

    Heather C. Dahl

    Executive Director/CEO

    Roy Avondet

    Chief Financial Officer

    Nathan George

    Chief Technology Officer

    Helen Garneau

    Director of Marketing

  • Staff

    The Sovrin Foundation is supported by a team of dedicated professional employees who continuously strive to carry out the mission of the Sovrin Foundation.

    Adam Burdett

    Software Engineer

    Anna Johnson

    Marketing & Alliance Relationship Manager

    Daniel Bluhm

    Associate Software Engineer

    James Schulte

    Steward Operations Associate

    Kayla C. Glover

    Executive Assistant

    Ken Ebert

    Software Architect & Open Standards Engineer

    Lynn Bendixsen

    Quality Assurance & Network Operations

    Matt Norton

    Steward Relationship Manager

    Maya Kanehara

    Vice President of Business Development, Incubator Programs Managing Director, SSI Incubator

    Mike Lodder

    Security Maven

    Sam Curren

    Software Architect and Open Source Maintainer

    Steve Fulling

    Director, Steward Operations

  • Technical Governance Board

    The Technical Governance Board (TGB) is responsible for governing the technical design, architecture, implementation, and operation of the Sovrin Network as a global public utility for self-sovereign identity. The TGB charter has more details on how they accomplish this mission. One of the key tasks of the TGB is to review the technical qualifications of Steward candidates to ensure they meet the requirements and principles in the Sovrin Trust Framework.

    Anthony Bender

    Avesta Hojjati

    Axel Nennker

    Dan Gisolfi

    Daniel Hardman

    Dr. André Kudra

    Jan Camenisch

    Jason Law

    Markus Sabadello

    Marta Pierkarska

    Mike Bailey

    Samuel Smith

    Stephen Curran

    Steve McCown

    Nathan George

    Chief Technology Officer

The Sovrin Foundation is governed by three complimentary agreements:


The Sovrin Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to promote the concept of internet identity for all and to administer the Governance Framework governing the Sovrin Network, a decentralized global public network enabling self-sovereign identity on the internet. The Sovrin Network is operated by independent Stewards and uses the power of a distributed ledger to give every person, organization, and thing the ability to own and control their own permanent digital identity.

Ensure everyone, regardless of circumstance, has access to the Sovrin Network and the utility it entails.
Support the infrastructure of the Sovrin Network by administering the Sovrin Trust Framework
Lead the open-source community effort that develops and builds the Sovrin protocol and the code that embodies it.
Recruit and assist Sovrin Stewards in operating the network
Lead thought and action in the advancement and acceptance of self-sovereign identity and the network on which it is built.