The CiviCRM Core Team is responsible for coordinating all project contributions, and for managing CiviCRM LLC, the company legally and financially responsible for CiviCRM.

CiviCRM LLC operates as a not-for-profit organization and is incorporated in the United States. It is managed by the Core Team whose primary purpose is to coordinate (direct and manage) the entire CiviCRM project, including the production of the software, its promotion to its market, the stewardship of the community, and the management of the project’s financial and legal interests. The Core Team is funded through member programs, grants, major donors and earned income, with funds flowing out to project teams as needed (and where possible).

The CiviCRM Core Team coordinates contributions from our users and developers, ensure that people have access to the infrastructure they need to work and communicate effectively, and provide leadership for the project. In short, they enable the work of our community. The Core Team strives to be as open as possible about what we work on, and how we are organized.  Feel free to email us and let us know if you have any other questions you would like to see answered here.

Core Team Members

The Core Team are the managers of CiviCRM LLC and are employed on a contract basis, billing either hourly or as half, three-quarter or full-time equivalent. The Core Team also contracts with individuals and companies to manage specific projects, tasks or working groups within the overall project.

  • Coleman Watts, CiviCRM LLC - Product Manager, US
  • Joshua Gowans, CiviCRM LLC - Project Manager, US
  • Mathieu Lutfy, Coop Symbiotic - Infrastructure
  • Tim Otten, CiviCRM LLC - Software Architect, US

The core team is advised by Dave Greenberg and Donald Lobo, the original founders of CiviCRM.


The Core Team is funded by donations from partners, members, sponsor and individuals that want to support the project and ensure that it remains sustainable for the 10,423 organizations that rely on it. If you benefit from CiviCRM, we encourage you to get involved in the project.