Winifred Mitchell Baker, better known as Mitchell, is the current Chairperson for The Mozilla Foundation. These are the folks who brought you the Mozilla suite of Internet applications, including Firefox, Thunderbird, Camino, and SeaMonkey. She was instrumental in the development and adoption of Mozilla Firefox (and other open source web browsers).
Baker was formally trained as an attorney, and was the first legal employee of Netscape Communications back in 1994. She wrote the original Netscape (Mozilla) license. She eventually became the general manager of the Mozilla project in 1999, and held that position until she was laid off in 2001. Post lay off, she decided to work as a volunteer and continued to propel the project forward. Yes, you read that correctly… she is a lawyer who agreed to work for FREE. Wow!
Finally, in 2003, The Mozilla Foundation was formed and she began serving as their Chairperson. Baker was named the CEO of Mozilla in 2005, a title she held until 2008. She has since stepped down as CEO, but retains the Chairperson title and is still very involved with the organization.
If things had gone a little bit differently back in the 90’s, we might all be using IE today (with no other options). That would be painful. Thanks Mitchell! The Geek Trio appreciates everything you did.