About the UC Berkeley Cloud Community of Practice

About Us

The cloud community of practice is a forum for developing and sharing expertise evaluating and implementing cloud computing for Berkeley students, faculty and staff. Our community spans research computing, educational and teaching technology, as well as enterprise and administrative IT. We will work together to curate and share resources, training and speakers. We will share learnings on cloud computing topics. Our inclusive community will build on the ideas and successes of BIDS, D-Lab, CITRIS, ITAIC, OneIT and Reimagining IT to:

  • Provide a necessary nexus for building enthusiasm and shaping consensus

  • Communicate the value of cloud related services to serve Berkeley's mission

  • Advise campus on IT policies for using and deploying cloud services

  • Inform campus IT architecture (including security, identity management, network etc.)

  • Shape Berkeley's cloud technology investment priorities

  • Curate campus-wide cloud computing training

Meet the Planning Committee

William Allison: Chief Technology Officer & Director of Architecture, Platforms & Integration, UC Berkeley

As the Chief Technology Officer at the University of California at Berkeley, Bill Allison leads the University's cloud strategy, IT architecture and standards for the Berkeley campus and helps effect change broadly across the UC-system.

His portfolio includes the University's cloud computing, mobility, content and collaboration, web publishing, business process automation, technology accessibility for people with disabilities, and enterprise integration services (such as the campus API service).

Amy Neeser: Consulting + Outreach Lead, Research IT

Working at the intersection of Libraries and IT, Amy has experience with data in all aspects of the research lifecycle. Her professional and research interests include interdisciplinary and open digital scholarship, innovative uses of technologies in academic environments, and critical digital literacy.

As the Consulting + Outreach Lead in Research IT at UC Berkeley, Amy coordinates the consulting efforts across the Data Management and Research Computing programs to offer a holistic approach to data and computation. She also facilitates Research IT's community, partnership, and outreach programs.

Jason Christopher: Research Computing Architect & Computational Services Lead, Research IT

Through his contributions to Research IT, Jason focuses on service management. Some of his projects include Analytics Environments on Demand (ÆoD) Service, a production IT service providing interactive, scalable desktop environments for research computing via virtualization technologies and cloud consulting services to support use of Cloud Computing for research. 

His areas of expertise include analytics environments, secure data workflows, computational environments, IT and cybersecurity policy and governance, as well as FISMA framework. 

Anthony Suen: Director of Programs, Discovery Program & Data Science Education Program

Anthony manages the data science undergraduate student research and academic enrichment programs at CDSS. He also help sCDSS facilitate infrastructure and consulting partnerships with service units across campus such as the Library, RTL, and IST. In addition, he leads national and international efforts to spread the Berkeley Data Science vision.

Noor Gill: Strategic Ops Intern, UC Berkeley Computing, Data Science, and Society

Studying the intersection of data science and business, Noor is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. Her professional and research interests include artificial intelligence, industrial analytics, design, and energy and resource management. 

As an intern for the UC Berkeley Cloud Computing Community via the Data Science Education Program, Noor develops the Cloud Community Resources website, aids in meetup organization, and assists in video production for Meetups. She also contributes to marketing efforts via social media outlets such as Facebook.