Kris Nóva

July 2021 Updated for Twilio Inc, Personal, and The Privilege Escalation Foundation


Kris Nóva is a computer scientist, alpinist, author, public speaker and transgender advocate best known for her work on Linux and Kubernetes.

She specalizes in Linux kernel security, distributed systems and infrastructure management, and open source software engineering. In 2017 she co-authored Cloud Native Infrastructure, published by O’Reilly.

Nóva is well known for her open source contributions including projects like Linux, Kubernetes, and The Go Programming Language. A popular public speaker, she is best known for her Kubernetes clusterfuck talks. She co-founded the cluster API project, created Kubicorn, and created naml for managing Kubernetes resources with pure Go.

Today she works as a Senior Principal engineer at Twilio focusing on enterprise bare metal Kubernetes systems. She is the founder of The Privilege Escalation Foundation, which is a non-profit focusing on offering resources for transgender minds in STEM.