Community Team Reps for 2020

It’s been almost three years since we elected team reps for the Community Team. @hlashbrooke and I have been serving since January 2017, way longer than usually team reps do… so it’s time to have a new election!

The Role

In the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project, each team has one or two (or more!) representatives, abbreviated in reps. The role goes way back to 2012, for the historians out there 🙂

Initially, it was a six months tenure, but most reps end up doing this for at least a year.

Folks who serve as team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. are responsible for communicating on behalf of the group to the other contributor groups via weekly updates, as well as occasional chats and such. 

It is not called “team lead” for a reason. While the people elected as team reps will generally come from the pool of folks that people think of as experienced leaders, remember that the team rep role is designed to change hands regularly.

This role has a time commitment attached to it. Not a huge amount, but in my experience, it’s at least one hour a week.

Here are the main tasks:

  • Writing the agenda for the biweekly chat
  • Run the chat
  • Write the recap and post it in Updates
  • Keep an eye on the moving parts of the team to be able to report for quarterly updates (example).

Over the year, the team might decide to add one or two people to help: some teams have up to five, six people, depending on how much work there is. For now, let’s get us two new reps!

How the election works

We nominate people in the comments of this post. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline is Sunday, December 22.

After that, we will open a poll for voting. It will stay open for four weeks, until Sunday, January 21 2020.

If you want to nominate someone in private, please reach out to @francina and @hlashbrooke on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

Disclaimer: if you get nominated, please don’t feel like you have to say yes! We will add to the polls only the names of the people that are responding positively to a nomination. So feel free to reply with a “Thank you, but no thank you” 😉

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments: past team reps will be happy to reply.