José M. Alonso

Director of Strategy and Operations

José serves as Director of Strategy and Operations. In providing strategic direction for the Web Foundation, he benefits from his deep knowledge of the organisation, as its longest-serving team member. He joined in 2011 to lead the Open Data program, later becoming the Director of the Digital Citizenship program.

He contributes to the overall direction and leadership of the Web Foundation, with special responsibility for effectiveness of strategy and oversight of operations across the organization.

José has extensive programmatic experience in the fields of Open Data, eGovernment and the Open Web, where he has held a number of international leadership and advisory roles.

He has served on United Nations and European Commission expert panels as well as on the Nominating Committee at ICANN, the organisation dedicated to preserving the operational security and stability of the Internet.

Prior to joining the Foundation, José held several positions at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Web standards-setting organisation, where he established and led the eGovernment Activity. He also launched the Spain country office.

Originally a software engineer, José has worked as IT analyst, consultant and trainer, and even founded his own web startup back in 1997.