Adam Bernstein
Nonprofit Technology Provider

  • Technical:
    All aspects of low-cost high-performance high-reliability Internet server administration, including system architecture design, assembly, installation and configuration of operating system and software, ongoing maintenance and programming, and documentation. Service areas of expertise include Web service, email service, and groupware/listservice, with increasing expansion into Web content management and customer relationship management systems. Almost all expertise is in open source software, including FreeBSD, Linux, Apache, Postfix, MySQL, Perl, Sympa, and Drupal. Proficient in TCP/IP, SMTP, POP, IMAP, DNS, SSH, SSL, DHCP, PPTP and IPSec VPN, Perl, and C-shell.

  • Non-technical:
    Small business management, both as a sole-proprietor consultant and as a partner and worker-owner of a cooperative, including strategic planning, business development, client relations, affiliate relations, finances, work prioritization, policy development, and day-to-day operations. Emphasis on democratic decision making and the consensus process in small and medium-sized groups.
  • (5/01 -       )  Developer and manager of Internet hosting services for nonprofits, first as an adjunct to IT consulting and later as part of Electric Embers, a socially responsible worker cooperative serving nonprofits, artists, and community activists. Duties include all aspects of business management, technical operations, and customer support.

  • (6/00 - 8/05)  Computer consultant, first as an affiliate of Nonprofit Tech Association, then as an independent and a founding member of Tech Underground. Clients included dozens of small and medium-sized Bay Area nonprofits and local chapters of national nonprofits, working in the arts, social services, social justice, and the environment. Duties ranged from basic user support and troubleshooting, to system installation and upgrades, to network design and security, to management of and transitions between ISPs. Still involved in Tech Underground in an advisory and peer support role.

  • (9/98 - 2/03)  Volunteer IT and network consultant, independently and for Compumentor, with clients including Habitat for Humanity San Francisco, Episcopal Community Service Skills Center, Clapperstick Institute, Swords to Plowshares, and the Burning Man Project.

  • (3/96 - 2/00)  Desktop and network support at Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience at UCSF.  Duties primarily included networking, troubleshooting, and upgrading of about 100 Windows/MacOS machines, with an NT-based file/print and application server, as well as integration with and management of DEC Unix and Linux servers and creation of Web-based documentation.

  • (9/93 - 3/96)  Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, writing flight software for Mars Pathfinder mission and evaluating and qualifying flight equipment including star scanners and sun sensors.
  • BA in Physics (Astronomy concentration) from Oberlin College, 1992
  • Motorcycle, saxophone, Scotch, language, Harper's Magazine, cookies

    References available upon request