Valerie Aurora is the founder and principal consultant at Frame Shift Consulting, a diversity and inclusion consultancy. Previously she was a co-founder of and the Executive Director of the Ada Initiative; a Linux kernel hacker specialising in filesystem development; and a science and computing writer.
After a decade of part-time women in open source activism, Valerie became professional diversity and inclusion activist in 2011 when she announced the launch of the Ada Initiative with Mary Gardiner. In 2016, following the 2015 wind-up of the Ada Initiative, Valerie announced the founding of Frame Shift Consulting.
Ally Skills Workshop
Valerie is the lead creator of the Ally Skills Workshop (see also Allies workshop on this wiki), first at the Ada Initiative focusing on allying with women, and later at Frame Shift Consulting with content expanded to allying with members of many marginalised communities. She offers the workshop materials under a Creative Commons BY-SA licence, and teaches both the workshop and a train-the-trainers workshop publicly and to private clients.
Code of conduct
Some of Valerie's best known pieces of activist writing are:
- The Al Capone theory of sexual harassment (July 2017, jointly with Leigh Honeywell)
- No more rock stars: how to stop abuse in tech communities (June 2016, jointly with Leigh Honeywell and Mary Gardiner)
- Suicide and society: Where does responsibility for preventing suicide lie? (January 2013)
- DEFCON: Why conference harassment matters (August 2012)
- HOWTO negotiate your salary and benefits - for women
- HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux (October 2002)
Valerie's former employers include Sun Microsystems (where she worked on the ZFS filesystem), IBM, Intel and Red Hat. In 2010 Valerie left her programming career.  in order to focus on diversity and inclusion work.
- developing the relatime filesystem mount option, decreasing the number of metadata writes on ext3. See How feminism helped me solve one of file systems' oldest conundrums. (October 2014)
- ChunkFS, a filesystem architecture
- patches that shorten the amount of time needed to fsck an ext2 partition, along one that gets a 50% improvement on RAID 5 systems with ext3 and ext4
- patches in libc to make malloc() more efficient
- maintainer for SMP PowerPC support in Linux
Valerie wrote the Kernel Hackers' Bookshelf series on operating systems research papers for LWN.
Valerie taught Linux kernel development classes both at IBM and online for LinuxChix.