I'm a passionate promoter of Drupal 8 & Drupal Console.
Co-founder of Anexus, a distributed Drupal Shop & weKnow, a Consultancy company located in the USA.
I'm 40, married to my lovely wife Yersika and father of two very active kids: Axel and Zoe. I enjoy long walks through the hallways of Drupal Groups and have a knack for putting together community events.
I am a Colombian by birth and a Costa Rican by choice. I have spent the last 15 years living on that narrow piece of land between the North and South hemispheres of our beautiful continent, America.
I got into Drupal 5 in early 2008 after working for many years building websites from scratch using PHP, and spending months contributing to a couple of open source PHP projects with the intention of automating how websites were built. In that time, I have worked on more than one hundreds of Drupal projects and contributed to dozens of contributed modules.
In summary, I a Drupal/Symfony guy that knows Drupal from three different points of view: as a developer, as a community leader, and as a Drupal business owner.
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Have you served on a board or committee?:
If so, tell us about it.:
As co-founder and co-administrator of Anexus [http://anexusit.com], a distributed Drupal Workshop in Latin America, I have to deal with company organization, define strategies and put together action plans.
I have also served on several Drupal camp organizing committees, empowering local community members to take an active role in camp preparations and related activities like rallying for volunteers or raising funds.
What perspective will you bring to the board when discussing strategic topics?:
What I bring to the table is a global vision - 360° insight into our global community.
How? In the last year I visited 18 countries and connected personally with members of our extended worldwide community, trying to understand their reality, their strengths as well as their growth obstacles. Making a face-to-face connection is important for me and has proven invaluable in a time where virtual meetings have taken over our digital world.
Parallel to that, I mentioned my involvement in Drupal as a developer, as a business owner and as a community leader. I have first-hand experience with the challenges of building a community from scratch without external support.
I experienced the struggles and challenges of building up a company using a technology that was unknown in my country at the time. The key to it all was being able to nimbly swap hats and orchestrate self-learning with community training efforts to groom potential collaborators. This new talent could then become part of my company, which would allow us to take on bigger and more complex projects and in return empower the individuals to access a better pay scale.
I believe all these factors will contribute to the way I think when the time to define beneficial community strategies comes.
What existing board topics are you most passionate about? and why?:
The board topics that inspire me most are:
- Growing Drupal adoption through our own channels and partner channels
- Developing the strategic direction for DrupalCon and Drupal.org.
- I am interested in increasing and shaping new talent engagement where required. I am particularly driven by communities in developing countries or countries where English is not the dominant language. A proper plan to approach these communities can have a real and measurable impact in those locations and would provide a substantial change to their economic and social development.
What additional strategic topics would you like to introduce?:
Rather than creating new topics, I would prefer to focus on plans and ideas to allow the Drupal channels to become more inclusive of languages and modern tools.
What unique skills would you bring to the board?:
Talking about technical skills, I could offer a developer perspective as module contributor and as co-maintainer of Drupal Console a tools that help a lot of people around the world to get introduced in Drupal 8 easily.
In the area of soft skills, probably one of my biggest strengths I could offer is the knowledge and understanding I gained about our the needs of our Drupal communities around the world.
How have your past contributions to Drupal prepared you for board candidacy?:
Founding the Costa Rican Drupal Association and leading the organization of Drupal meetups and Drupal camps, prepared me to understand the challenges and needs of trying to create and build sustainable Drupal ecosystems. One of my primary goals is to enable individuals and companies to come together and contribute from a place of mutual profit. The Costa Rican DrupalCamp is one of the largest in the region, with attendees hailing from places all around the world and boasts a significant attendance in Latin America with the 7th edition coming up.
Additionally, the first-hand contact I was lucky to have met with members of differents communities around the world gave me the opportunity to talk to dozens of community members.I learned about their needs, both those we have in common, and others that are unique for their realities. All these experiences give me a unique perspective about what is required to grow Drupal both as a product and as a worldwide community.
Why should we vote for you?:
In my opinion, the experience of being a founder and co-manager of a large and mostly distributed Drupal shop in Latin America combined with a world-wide vision allow me to contribute to the Drupal Association's strategic efforts towards building a stronger and better community.