Tony Sebro is the Deputy General Counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation, where he helps manage the day-to-day operations of the Foundation’s legal department and provides specific expertise relating to technology, intellectual property, open source licensing, business operations, privacy, and strategy.
Tony joined the Foundation after serving as General Counsel for Software Freedom Conservancy — a public charity that acts as the home for more than 40 free and open source software projects, including Git, Selenium and Samba. Prior to joining Software Freedom Conservancy, he spent time in private practice with PCT Law Group and Kenyon & Kenyon and as an intellectual property licensing and business development professional with IBM.
Tony earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; an MBA from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business; and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. In 2017, Tony received an O’Reilly Open Source Award for leadership and outstanding contribution to open source.
Tony is a registered in-house counsel with the California state bar, a member of the New York bar, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Tony is also on the project leadership committee for Outreachy, an initiative that provides paid remote internships for people interested in contributing to open source communities. People from groups underrepresented in tech are especially encouraged to apply. Tony is an active participant in and supporter of the non-profit community, and has served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations.