The distinguished PostgreSQL community members who make up our Conference Committee

PGConf Silicon Valley Conference Committee members were selected based on their knowledge of PostgreSQL and involvement in the community.

Josh Berkus

PostgreSQL Experts

Inc. Josh Berkus has been a member of the PostgreSQL Core Team since 2003 and has been working as a database consultant since 1995. Josh's work experience includes 8 years of independant consulting on database applications, primarily building applications for the legal and HR industries. He was also head of Sun Microsystem's PosgtreSQL support staff for 2 years and helped launch BI startup Greenplum.

Peter van Hardenberg


Peter van Hardenberg is a founding member of the Heroku Postgres team which exists to make databases accessible to application developers at any scale. He's built products, systems, and teams during his career which has ranged from collecting research data offshore in the Arctic Ocean, writing physics engines for games on Nintendo's 3DS console, and helping to make developers more productive at Heroku. Over the last five years he's spoken all over the world on software development, databases, and company building, including keynotes at PostgreSQL conferences in Germany and at PGCon

Albert Strasheim


Albert Strasheim is a Systems Engineer at CloudFlare. His passion is big data processing and he’s excited to be working on log processing and analytics at CloudFlare. He has been using Go since its initial public release, but has also done a lot of work with Java, Python and C++. As a new resident of San Francisco, he’s looking forward to surfing up and down the California coast, which is really the reason he came to San Francisco in the first place. Prior to CloudFlare, Albert studied at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, where he focused on Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. He did post-graduate research on speaker recognition systems and worked on them for Agnitio in Madrid, Spain. In South Africa, Albert worked at a variety of companies, including image processing, storage systems, databases and telecommunications.

Simon Riggs


Simon is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of 2ndQuadrant. He is also a major developer and committer of the PostgreSQL project and has contributed major features in each of the last 8 versions of PostgreSQL. His work includes recovery and replication, performance and monitoring as well as designs for many other features. Simon has worked as a Database Architect for more than 25 years, with high-end solutions experience and certifications on Oracle, Teradata and DB2.

Elein Mustain


Current PostgreSQL database engineer at Adobe. Formerly Pandora; my own company, Varlena, LLC, author of GeneralBits a (pre-blog) column of PostgreSQL hints and explanations; NextBus, Informix; Illustra and Ingres. Founding member of San Francisco PostgreSQL Users Group, Advocacy member and former OSCON program committee. Alumna of Mills College. AB Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley.

Bruce Momjian


Bruce Momjian is co-founder and core team member of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, and has worked on PostgreSQL since 1996. Bruce is employed by EnterpriseDB. Previously, he was employed by SRA Japan and other PostgreSQL support companies. He has spoken at many international open-source conferences and is the author of PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, published by Addison-Wesley. Prior to his involvement with PostgreSQL, Bruce worked as a consultant, developing custom database applications for some of the world's largest law firms. As an academic, Bruce holds a Masters in Education, was a high school computer science teacher, and is currently an adjunct professor at Drexel University.

Patrick King

Pandora Internet Radio

Patrick King is a Database Administrator at Pandora Internet Radio. He first discovered PostgreSQL six years ago and hasn’t looked back. At Pandora, Patrick is in charge of getting every little bit of performance out of Postgres, and has led his team in moving to an all flash architecture. When not directly working with Postgres, Patrick spends his time searching the galaxy for the Rebel Alliance and standardizing config files in configuration management.

Ozgun Erdogan

Citus Data

Ozgun worked as a software developer for four years in the Distributed Systems Engineering team at Amazon. There, he proposed, designed, and implemented novel algorithms on distributed caching and consistency; and also worked on building systems for scalable data analytics. Ozgun earned his M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and his B.S. from Galatasaray University. He also holds patents on distributed cache consistency and load balancing

Rafael Solari


Rafael works as an data engineer at Neustar. He builds and maintains scalable infrastructure that counts billions of events per day using Postgres, CitusDB, HyperLogLog, and Redshift. He also uses Postgres with PostGIS for personal projects about urban planning and land use. Rafael earned his B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Aaron Brashears


Aaron Brashears is the Senior Data Engineer on the Twitch Data Engineering team which guides the use of PostgreSQL and other data stores at Twitch. He is an active advocate of using C/C++, Python, Go, SQL, and CQL to effectively model, partition, and access PostgreSQL and Cassandra clusters in Twitch's distributed architecture. Being passionate about organizations that teach acceptance and building strong relationships, Aaron has been a sex educator with San Francisco Sex Information for the last 16 years to provide free, non-judgmental, accurate sex information and train supervisors, and helped develop Burningman's first web-based volunteer coordination tool.