Benjamin Kerensa
Benjamin Kerensa
Photo by Broken Banjo Photography

Benjamin Kerensa is an internationally recognized open source advocate, community manager, consultant, and speaker. He is a co-organizer of the Community Leadership Summit and is currently an Early Feedback Community Release Manager for the Mozilla Project. Kerensa also is a member of the City of Portland’s Citywide Innovation Program Advisory Panel.

In 2013, Kerensa received a certificate of recognition for his role in Open Source Mentoring at Western Oregon University. He has also been recognized by many open source projects and corporate leaders for his contributions to open source. Kerensa is highly quoted and cited by both online and print publications and is sought after for advice on articles relating to Open Source Software.

Kerensa has organized countless Open Source events in the United States. He has served on Ubuntu’s Membership Board, Leadership Team and was an Ubuntu Contributing Developer. In Mozilla, he has served as a WebFWD, Mozilla Reps, and Developer Relations Contributor.

Kerensa lives in Portland, Oregon and in his spare time enjoys soap making, photography, volunteering and serves on the board of two non-profit organizations.


Awards & Recognition

  • Western Oregon University, Certificate of Achievement for Contributions to Open Source Mentorship Program, 2013
  • SE Uplift Volunteer Spotlight 2013


Speaking Engagements


Speaking Events, Training, Workshops etc.


  • Getting Started Contributing to Firefox OS – O’Reilly Open Source Convention (Portland, OR)


  • Intro to Xubuntu Troubleshooting at FreeGeek Technology Center (Portland, OR, USA)
  • Overview of Ubuntu and Free and Open Source Software – Clackamas County Library (Clackamas, OR)
  • Introduction to Ubuntu Bug Triage Webinar – Western Oregon University (Portland, OR)
  • Designing your project for participation – Mozilla Summit 2013 (Santa Clara, CA)
  • Mozilla Bird of Feather (BoF) – O’Reilly Open Source Convention (Portland, OR)


  • How To Multiply Your Community By A Factor Of X – O’Reilly Open Source Convention (Portland, OR, USA)
  • Community Leadership Summit 2012 (Portland, OR, USA)
  • Ubuntu Global Jam (PuppetLabs, Portland, OR)
  • Ubuntu Mentorship Program – Western Oregon University  (Portland, OR)


  • Ubuntu and WordPress – Portland WordPress User Group (Portland, OR, USA)




  • Ubuntu Global Jam 2012 (Portland, OR)
  • Ubuntu Bug Jam / Debian BSP 2012 (Portland, OR)
  • Ubuntu 11.10 Release Party (Portland, OR)
  • Ubuntu 12.04 Release Party (Portland, OR)
  • Mozilla Booth @ LinuxFest Northwest 2013 (Bellingham, WA)
  • Firefox OS Hacker Lounge @ Open Source Bridge 2013 (Portland, OR)


  • Mozilla Booth and Social Event – O’Reilly Open Source Convention 2014 (Portland, OR)
  • Community Leadership Summit 2012-2014 (Portland, OR)
  • Portland Winter Coders Social 2012 (Urban Airship, Portland, OR)
  • Southern California Linux Expo 11 Mozilla Booth (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Mozilla Summit 2013 (Santa Clara, CA)