OPNFV implements open governance best practices found in many other large scale, open development projects. To facilitate an open ecosystem, OPNFV is structured around an open source license, open design, development and contribution model and finally, an, appropriate, open governance model.  The project is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and implements many open source best practices familiar to other leading projects. Further, any individual, company or organization can engage directly and immediately to begin shaping the future of the project.

OPNFV is open to anyone. Anyone can develop and contribute code, get elected to the Technical Steering Committee or help steer the project forward in any number of ways.

Developers who are elected to the Technical Steering Committee or who participate as project leaders will provide leadership regarding the direction of OPNFV. A Board of Directors will manage business leadership for OPNFV including governance, marketing and operational decisions.