Hi! I’m Luis Villa. I’m a lawyer and programmer, and currently the Senior Director of Community Engagement at the Wikimedia Foundation. I help open innovators and creators do their thing.
My blog, discussing a mix of tech, open source/culture, law, and my personal life.
Pictures I’ve taken of my life and travels.
Talks I’ve given on software, law, and open communities.
I have served on the board of directors of the Open Source Initiative, and as an Invited Expert on the Patents and Standards Interest Group at the World Wide Web Consortium.
Before law school, I was geek-in-residence at the Berkman Center For Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. I did mostly project management for Berkman projects like StopBadware and H2O, but also general geekery of various and sundry sorts.
I used to be a very active legOS hacker, but am no longer actively involved with Lego Mindstorms.
I went to Duke, where I was a Cameron Crazy, and studied political science and computer science. I was lucky enough to have some brilliant profs like John Brehm, Tom Spragens, Scott de Marchi, Karen Stenner, Michael Littman, and Owen Astrachan.
I grew up in sunny, green Coral Gables, Florida.
You may have come here looking for another Luis Villa.
I am not Luis Villa, Jr., MD, an oncologist (and also my father).
I also am not Luis Villa, a Spaniard usability expert (and ex-lawyer).
If you’re another Luis Villa, drop a note and say hi! :)