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Announcing the 2024 MakeWP Marketing Team Reps

The voting process for the 2024 Make WordPress Marketing Team team reps ended today, January 9, at 17:00 UTC, after opening December 20, 2023.

The 2024 MakeWP Marketing Team Reps are:

Over the next week, the departing 2023 Team Reps (myself and Robin) will be working to onboard the new team reps. The complete election timeline is as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 6: Nominations open
  • Tuesday, December 19: Nominations close
  • Wednesday, December 20: Voting begins
  • Tuesday, January 9: Voting closes
  • Tuesday, January 09: New Marketing Team Reps announced
  • Wednesday, January 10 – Monday, January 15: 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. onboarding and transition
  • Tuesday, January 16: 2024 Marketing Team Reps begin term

Congratulations, welcome, and good luck to the new Team Reps.

Screenshot from the RankedVote.co results page showing 3 winners (Nyasha Green, Bernard Meter and Jenni McKinnon), Votes to Win (8 of 29 votes), and Candidates (5).

Thanks to Courtney Robertson for reviewing this post.

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Vote for the 2024 MakeWP Global Marketing Team Reps

Voting for the 2024 Marketing Team Representatives is now open through January 9, 2024. After a two-week nomination period, we have confirmed five nominees who are standing for election to three 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. positions. Here’s everything you need to know to cast your informed vote:

2024 MakeWP Marketing Team Rep Election Timeline

  • Wednesday, December 6: Nominations open
  • Tuesday, December 19: Nominations close
  • Wednesday, December 20: Voting begins
  • Tuesday, January 9: Voting closes
  • Wednesday, January 10: New Marketing Team Reps announced
  • Wednesday, January 10 – Monday, January 15: Team Rep onboarding and transition
  • Tuesday, January 16: 2024 Marketing Team Reps begin term

Meet the Candidates

We have five candidates for the position of MakeWP Marketing Team Rep. In order of nomination, here’s a short introduction based on their WordPress profiles.

  1. Meagan Hanes@meaganhanes
    • Contributor: Community, CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area. Organizer, Photo, PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Developer, Training, 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. Organizer, WordCamp Speaker
    • WordPress Contributor since 2012
  2. Nyasha Green @ngreennc
    • Contributor: Core, Marketing, Meetup Organizer, Photo, WordCamp Speaker
    • Team member: Marketing, 2023 Interim Marketing Team Rep (appointed July 2023)
    • WordPress Contributor since 2022
  3. Jenni McKinnon@ninianepress
    • Contributor: Documentation, Marketing
    • Team member: Documentation
    • WordPress Contributor since 2012
  4. Bernard Meyer@bernard0omnisend
    • Contributor: Marketing
    • WordPress Contributor since 2023
  5. Kayla Mehojah@kaylaxburns
    • WordPress Contributor since 2023

About the Marketing Team Rep Role

Make WordPress Team Representatives coordinate their respective team efforts and administrative tasks and facilitate the team meetings and activities. Read more about WordPress Team Reps and the Team Rep role.

Marketing Team Rep Responsibilities

The Make WordPress Marketing Team has three Team Reps. The Team Reps share team responsibilities and can divide responsibilities as needed.

Team Communications and Documentation

  • Coordinate team activities and tasks with other Team Reps and Marketing team contributors
  • Ensure Marketing team tasks, meetings, processes, and decisions are documented
  • Ensure marketing work being done on the team and throughout the project is represented at team meetings and reflected on the team’s 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/
  • Communicate and collaborate on behalf of the Marketing team with other contributor teams and project leadership; openly share this process and information with the full Marketing team
  • Ensure meetings, proposals, and decisions are documented on the Marketing team blog
  • Maintain the Marketing blog, including managing posts and contributor input/comments
  • Monitor the team’s GitHub for new, updated, or closed issues
  • Provide quarterly or biannually Marketing team updates to make.wordpress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org//updates

Team Meetings

  • Facilitate the planning and scheduling process for Marketing team meetings on GitHub
  • Facilitate team meetings, with input and participation from other contributors
  • Maintain the meeting schedules and meeting flow
  • Facilitate “Coffee & Collaboration”, an audio/video based meetup, to work on Marketing team issues
  • Maintain the team calendar and meetings postings on make.wordpress.org/meetings

Task and Team Management

  • Assist with updates to the handbook as needed
  • Facilitate contributor access to GitHub, Marketing documents, etc.
  • Facilitate Marketing Tables at WordCamp Contributor Days, particularly flagship WordCamps
  • Encourage contributors and help direct them to contribution opportunities

About Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) ensures a more accurate representation of preferences, reflecting the intentions of our community. The process will be run via rankedvote.co, which allows for one free election per account. Here’s how it works:

RCV Voting Process

  • Voters provide their name and email address (optional)
  • Voters rank candidates in order of preference.
  • Voters submit their ballot.

Note: An email address is not required to vote.

RCV Ranking Process

  • All ranking is handled by the RCV system.
  • The candidate with the fewest total votes is eliminated first.
  • Votes for the eliminated candidate are then redistributed to the remaining candidates based on the next preference on each voter’s list.
  • This process repeats until the correct number of candidates are selected.
  • Results are tallied by the system.

How to Vote

Follow the instructions below to cast your vote for 2024 Marketing Team Rep. If you have any issues, please leave a comment on this post or message @sereedmedia in the 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/. #marketing channel.

  1. Visit this election link: https://app.rankedvote.co/rv/tobyqhtdhvwl58n3k2/vote
  2. Enter your name and email address.
    • This does not need to be your WordPress user email.
    • Vote records will not be connected the voters or the email addresses provided.
  3. Rank the candidates in order of your preference from 1st Choice to 5th Choice.
  4. Submit your ballot.

Voting will close at 17:00UTC on January 9, 2024. The selected team reps will be announced on or before January 10, 2024.


Thank you to @eidolonnight for reviewing this post.

Important editing note: This post was edited to change voting platforms after initial launch. Thank you to @alexstine for alerting us that the RCV123.org platform was inaccessible to people using screen readers, and for reviewing the rankedvote.co ballot to ensure access.

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Election process and nominations for MakeWP Marketing Team Reps 2024

It’s time for the election of the 2024 Marketing Team Reps.

Here is the timeline:

  • Wednesday, December 6: Nominations open
  • Tuesday, December 19: Nominations close
  • Wednesday, December 20: Voting begins
  • Tuesday, January 9: Voting closes
  • Wednesday, January 10: New Marketing Team Reps announced
  • Wednesday, January 10 – Monday, January 15: 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. onboarding and transition
  • Tuesday, January 16: 2024 Marketing Team Reps begin term

About Team Reps in WordPress

The Make WordPress contributor community is segmented into teams for each area of focus, such as Marketing or Training. Team representatives coordinate team efforts and administrative tasks and facilitate the team meetings and activities. 

“Team Rep is a leadership role that is mostly administrative in nature; it is not a Lead role. Someone who is a leader in a team can lead whether they are doing the team rep job or not.”

Read more about WordPress Team Reps and the Team Rep role.

About the MakeWP Marketing Team Reps 

The Make WordPress Marketing Team has three Team Reps. The Team Reps share team responsibilities and can divide responsibilities as needed. 

Marketing Team Rep Responsibilities

Team Communications and Documentation

  • Coordinate team activities and tasks with other Team Reps and Marketing team contributors
  • Ensure Marketing team tasks, meetings, processes, and decisions are documented
  • Ensure marketing work being done on the team and throughout the project is represented at team meetings and reflected on the team’s 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/
  • Communicate and collaborate on behalf of the Marketing team with other contributor teams and project leadership; openly share this process and information with the full Marketing team
  • Ensure meetings, proposals, and decisions are documented on the Marketing team blog
  • Maintain the Marketing blog, including managing posts and contributor input/comments
  • Monitor the team’s GitHub for new, updated, or closed issues
  • Provide quarterly or biannually Marketing team updates to make.wordpress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org//updates  

Team Meetings

  • Facilitate the planning and scheduling process for Marketing team meetings on GitHub
  • Facilitate team meetings, with input and participation from other contributors
  • Maintain the meeting schedules and meeting flow
  • Facilitate “Coffee & Collaboration”, an audio/video based meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area., to work on Marketing team issues  
  • Maintain the team calendar and meetings postings on make.wordpress.org/meetings

Task and Team Management

  • Assist with updates to the handbook as needed
  • Facilitate contributor access to GitHub, Marketing documents, etc.
  • Facilitate Marketing Tables at 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. Contributor Days, particularly flagship WordCamps 
  • Encourage contributors and help direct them to contribution opportunities 

Current Team Reps

All 2023 Marketing Team Reps (@sereedmedia, @robinwpdeveloper, and @ngreennc) are eligible for another term. I (Sé Reed) will not be standing for another term at this time. As such, my fellow Team Reps have appointed me to manage the 2024 election process. 

A New Approach with Ranked Choice Voting

We’re introducing ranked choice voting, ensuring a fair election process. The process will be run via the free service offered at RCV123.org, Here’s how it works:

  • Voters provide an email to receive a verification code.
  • Upon verification, voters are shown a list of all candidates.
  • Voters rank candidates in order of preference.
  • If no candidate has more than 50% of the first-choice votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated.
  • Votes for the eliminated candidate are then redistributed to the remaining candidates based on the next preference on each voter’s list.
  • This process repeats until a candidate has more than 50% of the votes, ensuring that the most preferred candidates are elected.

Note: The email address verification is to ensure valid voting. Vote records will not be connected to the email addresses provided.

Why Ranked Voting?

Ranked voting ensures that your preferences are accurately represented and reflective of our community’s diversity and our team’s intentions. Voting will remain open and public. 

Nominate a contributor for 2024 Marketing Team Rep

Nominations will be accepted as comments on this post. You may nominate others and/or yourself. Please tag your nominee(s) with their WordPress.org username. Nominees may accept or decline to stand for the position.

Nominations will close at 23:59 UTC on Tuesday, December 19, 2023.


Thank you to @ngreennc, @oglekler, and @robinwpdeveloper for reviewing this post.

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