Become a FinOps Ambassador

FinOps Ambassadors (FOAs) are practitioners who are passionate about the FinOps Foundation community, recognized for their expertise, and willing to help others learn and succeed.

Successful ambassadors are people such as bloggers, influencers, and evangelists who are already engaged with the FinOps Foundation in some way including contributing to the framework, participating in working groups, attending community events, etc.

The FinOps Ambassador program exists to empower community members with tools and resources needed to:

  • Promote FinOps
  • Educate and coach your local community on the FinOps Foundation mission
  • Contribute to FinOps Framework, working groups and other projects

Meet our current FOAs here.

Requirements for becoming an official FinOps Ambassador:

  • Member of the FinOps Foundation. If you are not a member of the community yet, please apply here and get involved in working groups or special interest groups
  • Must be a practitioner of FinOps. Consultants and Vendors will not be approved as Ambassadors to avoid any and all potential conflict of interest. Definition of ‘practitioner’ can be found here
  • Achieved FinOps Certified Practitioner status
  • Already engaged with the foundation in some way whether that’s as a contributor, blogger, speaker, etc.
  • Willing to assist with virtual and live training events
  • Willing to either speak at community events OR write technical content such as blog posts

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to a positive environment include:

  • Demonstrating empathy and kindness toward other people
  • Being respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences
  • Giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback
  • Accepting responsibility and apologizing to those affected by our mistakes, and learning from the experience
  • Focusing on what is best not just for us as individuals, but for the overall community

Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

  • The selling or promotion of services provided by you or your employer
  • The use of sexualized language or imagery, and sexual attention or advances of any kind
  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or email address, without their explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting
  • FinOps Foundation staff have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject any contributions that are not aligned to this Ambassador Code of Conduct.

Expected Time Commitments

  • Give a talk, assist with training, host a meetup or perform an activity that spreads the awareness of FinOps at least once a quarter, preferably two to three times a quarter.
  • Providing feedback back on activities
  • Assist and train other Ambassadors

Are you interested in becoming an official FinOps Ambassador? Apply now!

Code of Conduct

FinOps Ambassador program follows the FinOps Ambassador Code of Conduct.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How often are ambassador applications reviewed?

We review applications monthly, but can only accept a few new FOA Ambassadors from the pool of highly-qualified individuals at a time. We do this in order to make sure we grow this program responsibly and provide the right local communities with the appropriate level of support. We will do our best to provide feedback on every application we receive within a month of submission.

Do I need to re-apply?

No, once you formally apply you are part of the pool of applicants that get reviewed on a monthly basis.

Will you email me with a status update of my application each month?

No. After we send you our initial feedback, we will only follow up if your application is accepted.

I am a consultant or vendor and active in the FinOps community. Why can’t I be an ambassador?

Unfortunately, there is too much potential for conflict of interest and code of conduct violations due to the nature of your jobs. You are absolutely welcome to continue contributing and supporting local meetup groups. In fact, we find that local ambassadors that team with a consultant/vendor have even greater success than by organizing meetups on their own.

However, in order to remove the potential commercial conflicts of interest, we cannot grant consultants and vendors the official role of Ambassador. FinOps Ambassadors speak on behalf of the FinOps Foundation. As we are cloud, consultant and vendor agnostic, we cannot have vendors or consultants representing us in an official capacity without there being a conflict of interest.

I work for a vendor but I am in a practitioner role. Can I be a FinOps Ambassador?

Yes! If you are doing the role of FinOps practitioner for the company that you work for, you are a practitioner. If you are selling FinOps services and engagements or you are developing services and tooling to sell to FinOps practitioners, then you are considered a Consultant or Vendor and cannot hold the title of FinOps Ambassador.

What if I want to step down or don’t have the time to commit anymore?

We have an Emeritus status to address Ambassadors who’d like to step down from active engagement temporarily or indefinitely but still be invited to participate in calls and the community. If you decide to become more active again, emeritus ambassadors are always welcome to be reinstated as full FOA Ambassadors. Please reach out to Joe in order to start this process.