Welcoming new Marketing Team reps for 2022

The Marketing Team’s new team reps for 2022 from February are: 

Thank you to everyone who considered standing for the roles for 2022 and took part in recruiting

More about what Team Reps in the WordPress project. From the handbook information, “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. is a leadership role that is mostly administrative in nature; it is not a Lead role. Letting go of the Team Rep title is not a loss of status, just a handing off of responsibilities. Someone who is a leader in a team can lead whether they are doing the team rep job or not.”

Please congratulate and give a big welcome to the new team reps for the Marketing Team for 2022! 

They will continue to build on the efforts and contributions of previous team reps and others involved in the administration tasks since the team began in 2014. Please join them in the Marketing Slack and give them a big clap for agreeing to take on these roles for the year ahead. 

Nicholas Garofalo

Nicholas joined the Marketing Team in the summer of 2021 and is one of the new sponsored contributors on the team. He is based in the US. 

He found WordPress in late 2004, as editor of the school newspaper, and used it to publish it online. He is passionate about 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., and with a degree in computer science and English, he went on to build a web services agency. His agency built several hundred WordPress sites. He moved on to work with startups and eventually landed at Automattic. 

His interests are in growth marketing, cooking, and poetry. He has been involved in the 2021 WordPress Translation Day marketing and other social media for the project. He is a regular at the team’s coffee breaks and has helped co-host, where you can be encouraged to take up exercise by his treadmill underneath his standing desk. 

Nalini Thakor

Nalini started contributing more to WordPress in 2018, giving her time to marketing, coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., training, the WPDiversity group, and WordPress Translation Day since 2019. She has been a 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. Europe volunteer in 2020 and 2021. She believes WordPress can help people express their interests and be a tool for their future. She is based in the UK.

She is an advocate for accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) and is involved in many open source and new technology projects. In her time in the Marketing team, she has been involved in areas including mentoring new contributors and those wanting to learn about specific areas or extend their contribution. She has supported those with an interest in better understanding core, and promoting accessibility and inclusion. She has been a long-term GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ user and is part of the task group taking this forward for the Marketing Team. 

She is a component maintainer and involved in releases and core in growing capacities since 2017. Her background includes international communications, translation, management, and research via Non Stop Business Support and Non Stop News UK for a host of organizations and initiatives. She has also run art for therapy / well being projects for decades. 

Larissa Murillo

Larissa has been an active member of the Marketing Team since 2020. She initially joined to discover more about the WordPress community and to share her skills. She currently works in marketing for Marketgoo, and is based in Ecuador, South America. She works and contributes to the project in both Spanish and English.

She has been using WordPress since 2012, and attended her very first WordCamp in Guayaquil in 2020. She has been part of the WordPress Translation Day organizing team for 2019 and 2020, involved in both marketing and general planning. She has been involved in the Marketing’ Team’s projects and actions groups particularly supporting administration and co-ordination tasks. With others, she helped take forward the social media planning. She promotes awareness opportunities to help overcome language barriers within the team. She has also been part of the task group promoting WPDiversity and Meetups, and contributing to the GitHub migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies., and linking in with releases for non-technical contributors.

With her interest in promoting WordPress to other Spanish speakers, she has recently taken part in translating videos and acting as a live interpreter during an event.

Larissa enjoys reading and craft, and is often at the team’s coffee breaks sharing her latest findings.

Latest retiring team reps

A big shout out and thank you to Olga Gleckler, Abha Thakor, Maedah Batool, Harry Jackson, Yvette Sonneveld and Meher Bala for all they have done as team reps and far beyond. We’re excited that most of them will continue to share their expertise with our team and/or the WordPress project. 

Read about the previous team reps and the Team celebration marking the eight years since it was born. A link to the video call will be shared in the marketing channel in the Make WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. before the event starts on 17 February 2022 at 15:00 UTC.

If you have been inspired by the work of the team, there are lots of ways of getting involved.

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