Drupal Association Journey: Pedro Cambra

Thoughts regading my 2020-2022 term as a community elected Drupal Association director

I want to make my Drupal Association tenure as open as possible and even if my appointment doesn't start until November 1st, some processes have already being started.

How does the onboarding work

A few days after the voting was closed, I received series of emails from the DA representatives. I was notified on October 2th that I'd won the elections and I was requested to accept the nomination, which I gladly did.

On October 6th all the candidates were notified and on October 13th, it was made public. Here's the announcement and my acceptance speech.

A little bit after that I got a few emails from a couple of the current board members and Audra Martin Merrick and I spent some time in a video call as an introduction. This was very nice of her and it was a very similar process to what I'd experienced on 2012.

Yesterday (October 23rd), I had the onboarding call with Heather Rocker, who is the Executive Director of the DA. This call included some other board members such as Audra, Baddý and Leslie Glynn who was elected as community director in 2019.

Alright, but how does the onboarding work

We spent 90 minutes in a video call reviewing the Drupal Association mission and values, how many staff works in the current programs, who they are and where they're located. Fortunately, the DA has moved forward a lot in the past years and not everyone is in Portland, with a couple of members in Europe and India.

There was a lot of content regarding to how the DA wants to support the community (drupal.org, DrupalCon, support to the security team, and a lot of other stuff, some of it can be found in detail in the DA “what we do” page.

Then we moved to an overview of how the finances work, most of it is public due to the 501c3 status of the DA and can be found in the accountability page.

I did ask some questions at this point regarding the new Drupal Steward program and how the revenue work. I need to gather more information but this is something I'd like to get more light on.

There were some slides and quite some discussion about the goals and objectives of the Drupal Association, I did find this part lacking of more goals towards the community at large but there was a latter part where Leslie, who is taking over the leadership on the Community committee went over the initiatives in progress. I am obviously really interested in getting started to collaborate on this committee and offer more information about it.

The board itself was presented, including new members that will be announced on November 1st and some obligations and recommendations were presented.

As a director, you need to serve in at least one committee for your term and the committees organize as working groups and meet often, while the whole board meets more or less bimonthly for what I understood. There are between 11 and 15 members at one given time, 2 of them being selected by the community (or Drupal Association members in this last election).

We discussed very briefly about the next three year plan for the DA, and we talked quite a lot about the #DrupalCares program and future of DrupalCon.

I found very refreshing being informed to what Directors are expected to do and the myriad of opportunities to add value that Heather described, I was really lost on 2012 on this area and this was really good to hear.

Things such as going thoroughly about the meeting materials before meetings or being an ambassador of Drupal were always clear to me, but I am looking forward to these additional opportunities to help.

Finally, Audra presented the board member agreement, which is available in the DA information pages and it was very similar to what I signed back in 2012.

Please mind that some of the contents of the onboarding are confidential and I am not able to share those yet.

What now?

This is what I want to know too. The board will meet before November 1st to ratify the new seats, including the community one (me), and from then I will be on my seat for 2 years.

I want to start gathering information as soon as I'm able so I can present some answers to the community regarding the election process and why the right to vote was removed from the community at large, this is my main goal and I am optimistic in getting responses.

Anything you want to ask me, please get in touch with me.

Note: This blog has the comments disabled, please feel free to send me a message through my contact page if you need to discuss anything related to the community and the Drupal Association. You can also tweet at me or find me in Drupal Slack or the distributed matrix network as pcambra.


As the Drupal Association publishes today, I've been elected to serve 2 years as at-large elected director.

You like me, you really like me – Sally Field, Oscars 1985

I want to thank the 360 Drupal Association members that voted for me, but also the 560 that didn't put my name in their ballot. I'll do my best and I hope I don't let you down.

If by any chance you're one of the 2289 eligible voters that decided not to cast a vote, and you'd like to share your reasons with me, please don't hesitate in reaching out.

My goals for my 2 year term are the following:

  • Get a clear answer and documentation background regarding the disenfranchisement of community voters and share it with the community.
  • If that the answer is not aligned with the values I think the Drupal Association brings to the community at large, I will move to revert this decision.
  • I want to review the programs aimed to engage with Drupal community at large.
  • I will channel the voice of the community, keeping the communication open for everyone that needs answers or wants to raise issues on anything pertaining Drupal Association matters, the community will get an answer from me.
  • I'll try to reach out and discuss the challenges of non native English speakers related to the DA programs.

It has been a bumpy election, it has had way too much hostility and I will add fixing this as part of my goals as a director. I don't feel that some of the events surrounding the election are the way forward for our community.

If someone ever tells you that your or their vote doesn't count, that no one wins elections by one vote, it seems that this one has been one of those times, ain't it.


¿Qué es la Drupal Association?

La Drupal Association es una organización sin ánimo de lucro que tiene como objetivo la aceleración de Drupal, fomentando y soportando el crecimiento de nuestra comunidad.

El consejo de directores tiene la responsabilidad financiera y estratégica para servir la misión de la asociación y el proyecto. Esto se realiza a través de Drupal.org y la DrupalCon.

Los miembros elegidos democráticamente (antes por toda la comunidad y ahora por aquellos que sean miembros de pago de la Drupal Association), tienen responsabilidades extendidas en el consejo, relacionadas con la diversidad, inclusión y participando en el proceso de revisión del Community Working Group.

¿Quién puede votar?

Esta es la principal novedad este año, solamente los miembros de la Drupal Association pueden votar. En años anteriores, todo el mundo con una cuenta activa en drupal.org tenia derecho. La Drupal Association ha prometido otorgar membresía gratuita a todo el que lo solicite para poder votar, podeis contactarles y que os la asignen. Solamente pueden votar aquellos que sean miembros a fecha 14 de Septiembre.

Es muy importante que vote la mayor parte posible de la comunidad, ya que hay asuntos, como el del voto, que requieren la voz de todos.

Fechas clave

  • Hasta el 14 de Septiembre podeis solicitar la membresía de la Drupal Association.
  • A partir del 15 de Septiembre comienza el periodo de votación.
  • 30 de Septiembre: Se cierran las urnas virtuales.
  • 30 de Octubre, anuncio del ganador o ganadora.

Imagen Voto

¿Quién se presenta?

Este año hay 10 candidatos:

Más información

Nota: Los comentarios en este blog están cerrados de forma intencionada, si quieres dialogar con los candidatos, cada una de las candidaturas tiene una opción para comentar y hacer preguntas.


This is a template you can use to get a Drupal Association membership with the intention of voting in the upcoming election. You have until September 14th to do so and you can send it through the Contact page https://www.drupal.org/contact

Dear Drupal Association.

I participate in the common good that is the Drupal project. I participate in Drupal.org and care about DrupalCon. I understand that the Drupal Association (DrupalCon Inc.) is a 503©(3) promoting the Drupal project as the common good. The association also manages these shared spaces (and others like overseeing the Community Working Group), which are not optional for participation in the Drupal project.

I understand that I need to have the individual membership badge (https://www.drupal.org/association/individual-membership) in my profile to vote in the upcoming election, and I believe I should be allowed to vote. I acknowledge the effort in making this an easy process for the community.

I hereby express my vested interest in participating in the democratic process, described in the association's bylaws, to elect the at-large director seat for the association's board.

I will be grateful to be registered to vote. My intention is not a free membership but the ability to express my opinion in this election. If the only way to vote is to have such membership, I would appreciate to be granted one.


Note: The comments of this blog are closed on purpose, if you want to discuss anything regarding this post or my candidacy, you've got three options – In the open: my candidacy page has the comments open for anyone with questions or comments – Via Twitter: @pcambra – Privately through my Drupal.org contact page.

Thanks to Mateu for the original text

I am running for the Drupal Association board, please find my candidacy on https://www.drupal.org/association/board/elections/election-2020-dates-and-candidates/pedro-cambra-fernandez

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