Matt Brandt


Considered by some a desert rat and dreamer who frequently escapes into the world for dad-like adventures. Professionally I am Software Engineer.


I recently joined Planet Labs, where the group has carved out a new role within the Platform Operations team - Operational Readiness Engineering.

I have a rich past working in Open Source; as a project maintainer and core contributor with IBM and Mozilla. The two and a half years between Mozilla and Planet were spent exploring Reliability Engineering.

Interesting professional moments:

  • Shifting from IC roles with a Test Engineering orientation to Site Reliability and Operational Readiness.
  • Firefox Interoperability Engineering Manager and the adventures therein.
  • Selenium project contributor, Python bindings.
  • Community manager and evangelist; maintained communities in North and South America, Canada, and Europe.
    • Forever indebted to the Romanian and South African OSS communities <3
  • Brought interns onto our teams using as a vehicle to elevate those impacted by systemic bias and underrepresentation.
  • SIGAccess, created pathways to progress leading edge Accessibility research, moving work into open source tools for UX and developer teams.
  • Partnering with and creating OSS curricula and teaching engagements with universities.

~ July 14, 2022