Welcome to the new members of the Django Software Foundation

Posted by Daniele Procida on August 17, 2016

Please welcome our new members. Some were nominated in recognition of their contributions to Django's code, some for their service on Django committees and work in other community organisations, and some in recognition of their contributions to the development of the international Django community.

All were seconded by the existing members of the DSF, and their election approved by the DSF Board.

Nominated 10th June

  • Sergey Fedoseev (Russia)
  • Berker Peksag (Turkey)
  • Alasdair Nicol (UK)
  • Jon Dufresne (Canada)
  • Marten Kenbeek (Netherlands)
  • Daniel Wiesmann (Portugal)
  • Alex Hill (Australia)
  • Michal Petrucha (Slovakia)

All are active technical contributors to Django's code base, with over 300 commits between them, not to mention the help they have offered to others on our support channels.

Jon Dufresne is also the newest member of the Django core development team.

Nominated 19th July

  • Paul Hallett (UK)
  • Lucie Daeye (France)

Both have made substantial contributions to the Django community, through their work on Django Girls and by taking on roles in Django community organisation. Lucie works for the Django Girls Foundation and Paul serves on the Django Project Code of Conduct committee. Both have worked hard to make the Django community ever more inclusive and good to be part of.

Nominated 1st August

  • Helen Sherwood-Taylor (UK)
  • Aisha Bello (Nigeria)
  • Anna Makarudze (Zimbabwe)
  • Humphrey Butau (Zimbabwe)
  • Jessica Upani (Namibia)
  • Loek van Gent (Netherlands)

All have been active in the Django community around the world, and were an important part of the success of PyCon Namibia this year. They're all continuing to work on the community's development, and are involved in efforts to bring new community conferences to fruition in Africa (in Zimbabwe and Nigeria just to name two).

Expanding our membership

The new members represent a substantial increase in the membership, of about 16%.

They also represent the way the Django Software Foundation is starting to recognise a more diverse community of people who can contribute in many different ways, and a genuinely global membership, including five more African members.

Thanks to those who nominated these new Django Software Foundation members, and thanks to our new members too, for their past, present and future contributions.

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