Introducing new Core Team Reps for 2023

Now that voting for CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Team Reps has concluded, @marybaum and @audrasjb are pleased to announce that the new Core Team Reps for 2023 are Tonya Mork (@hellofromtonya) and Abha Thakor (@webcommsat)!

Both of them will officially be our new Core Team Representatives starting January 1st, 2023.

More info: results of the electiondetailed results (PDF – 314Kb)

Tonya Mork

Tonya is a leader, architect, engineer (software and electrical), coach, and learner. She became hooked on contributing during the 5.5 release cycle as she prepared to join the 5.6 squad. She’s a full-time contributor, Core Committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component., and Build/Test Tooling co-maintainer. She’s served in various release squad roles including the 5.9 Release Coordinator, 5.9 Core Tech Lead, 5.7 Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. Lead, and 5.6 Triage Lead.

Outside of the project, she’s likely best known as a developer educator and for her journey into WordPress (read on HeroPress, and People of WordPress). She lives in a small fishing village on the shores of Lake Michigan (in the US) with her spouse (celebrated their 36th anniversary this year) and their little doggie (who thinks he’s a cat).

Tonya Mork @hellofromtonya

Abha Thakor

Abha Thakor is an experienced communicator, and digital professional, with a speciality in tech and communities, voice technology, research and innovation. She has been actively involved as a volunteer in WordPress core since the 4.8 release. She has been a notable contributor and on a number of release teams, and encouraged cross team collaboration. She is a component maintainer and involved with helping new contributors get involved with core and the wider project.

She is a meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area. organizer and been an organizer for local and Europe-wide WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. and core translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. events, with a focus on encouraging contributors globally and supporting inclusion.

She is also involved in the following projects:

  • Core development blogblog (versus network, site)
  • FSE experiment
  • Release documentation and Learn WordPress tutorials
  • Contributed to supporting dev chat for the last 18 months

From @audrasjb and @marybaum (the outgoing Core Team Reps), we’re excited to see these two wonderful contributors step up to their new role and are looking forward to a fruitful and productive year ahead for the team!