Please accept my self nomination for Python Steering Council 2021.
Background and credentials
I’ve been a Python core developer since 2017. For my work for Python and the open source community, I’ve been awarded PSF Community Service award in 2018, Google Open Source Peer Bonus award in 2017 and 2020, and I became a PSF Fellow member in 2020. I have been a PSF Supporting member for a few years. I’ve also been featured as GitHub Maintainer Spotlight for GitHub Sponsors and The ReadME project.
I’m one of the few Python core developers in Canada. I moved to Canada 20 years ago. Now, I reside in Port Moody, which is about 30 kilometers outside of Vancouver, with my husband and two sons. I have over 15 years of professional experience as Software Developer/Engineer. In the first few years of my professional career, I worked with C# and .NET, and for the past 10 years, I’ve switched to developing web-based applications using Python and various Python web frameworks.
My involvement in the Python community goes beyond committing and writing codes and pull requests, but also in the form of community leadership and organization. I am also a public speaker, and have presented at various Python conferences worldwide.
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariatta
- GitHub: https://github.com/Mariatta
- LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariatta/
- IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7641957/
Contributions to Python and open source communities
- My focus area in CPython has been core-workflow improvements. I’ve created and maintained our workflow automation tools like cherry_picker.py, miss-islington, and blurb-it. I’m also interested in documentation and improving devguide and overall contributing experience.
- I’ve been a co-chair for the Python Language Summit since 2019. One of my personal initiatives for the Python Language Summit was to make it more open and less exclusive. We’ve invited various non-core developers to participate in the Language Summit, and I heard that people do appreciate hearing perspectives from non-core developers at the summit.
- I’ve helped co-organize the first ever virtual Core Developers sprint. Guido van Rossum had said that the sprint was “… definitely the best online event I’ve attended”.
- I’m a member of GitHub OS Maintainers Feedback group. I’m happy to act as a bridge between our project and GitHub, and to pass along any feedback and concerns we have of their platform and to improve our own workflow.
- I’m a co-founder of PyCascades conference. I’ve co-chaired the first PyCascades conference, and helped with the second and third iterations. I’m currently taking a break from this role, in order to focus on my other volunteer activities.
- I’m actively involved in the Global PyLadies community. I’m one of the administrators for PyLadies. I’ve introduced several workflow improvements and automation within PyLadies. I’ve also helped PyLadies with their inaugural Global council election.
- I’ve been a co-organizer of Vancouver PyLadies since 2016. As an organizer, not only I help facilitate and give opportunities to PyLadies members so they can give talks and learn from each other, I’ve also been able to make use of my connection to the wider Python community and introduce well-known Pythonistas to my community. For example, we’ve had the pleasure of the company of Fernando Pérez (iPython creator) and Raphael Pierzina (pytest and cookiecutter maintainer) at our events.
I’ve been employed by Zapier for the past 3 years, however my employment will end in a few days. By the end of November 2020, I will begin a new role as Staff Software Engineer at Uplight. As part of my role at Uplight, I will have 4 hours each week to devote to open source and the community. If elected as Steering Council member, I plan to prioritize my available time for Steering Council duties.
I’ve been invited as Keynote Speaker for PyCon Indonesia 2020, PyCon Poland 2020, PyCon Taiwan 2020, PyCon DE 2019, PyBay 2019, North Bay Python 2018, DjangoCon US 2018, and PyCon Canada 2017.
Other conferences I’ve spoken at: SeaGL 2020, PyCon AU 2020, PyGotham 2020, PyCascades 2020, PyCon US 2020, 2019, 2018, PyCon Italy 2017, DjangoCon Europe 2017, PyCon Australia 2017, PyCaribbean 2017, and DjangoCon US 2016
I’ve collected my talk slides here: https://speakerdeck.com/mariatta/
Code of Conduct enforcement within Python community
I fully support the recent code of conduct enforcements and actions within the core Python community. I’m glad to see these enforcement and actions happening, as I do think it creates a more inclusive and welcoming environment, especially to those who are underrepresented in the tech and open source community.
It is my personal belief that, just because we haven’t had to ban anyone in the past due to CoC violation in the past, it doesn’t mean that there has been no incident at all, it doesn’t mean that everything has been perfect and great. To me, lack of CoC enforcement/incident could mean that incidents happened silently, and the victims (I hate using this term btw) didn’t have much trust in the community, and didn’t feel safe to speak up about the incidents.
I believe that the recent actions taken by PSF CoC committee and the Steering council are in the right direction, and I hope we can continue and regain trust from the community members who we have failed in the past.
Open communication and transparency
In the past three years, I’ve been working in a professional setting for a fully remote and distributed company, with teammates all over the globe. Working in such a setting is very different from working together in an office. Written and asynchronous discussions become the default way to communicate, and delayed response is expected. From my experience working in remote and distributed team, I’ve experienced firsthand the value in over-communication, to ensure that the message is reached by various team members. I also came to appreciate the value of transparency to ensure no team members feel like they’ve been excluded from important decisions. In my mind, the open source and Python community is a similar environment as working with a remote and distributed team. I have applied my knowledge and skills on this aspect when I co-organized the first ever virtual Python Language Summit and Python Core Dev sprint. As a result, both events are considered quite successful. I will be happy to continue applying my experience for the benefit of the Steering Council and Python community.
I’m a fan of automatically formatting code. I personally rather spend time on other important things instead of arguing over whether we should use single or double quotes, how many characters per line of code, and how to indent things.
Migration to GitHub Issue
As the author of PEP 581: Using GitHub Issues, I am personally interested to see the project continue moving forward and complete. I am a member of GitHub migration workgroup and I intend to follow the progress and be actively involved in that effort.
Steering Council Term Limits
Personally, I’m somewhat against setting the hard rule of “no one cannot be in the steering council after X number of years”. I do think it is a great idea to always have fresh new perspectives each year, and for that I think it is part of our own responsibility as core developers to vote accordingly. If you think a person has served long enough in the council and you wish to see someone new on the board, then you can help by not voting for that person and instead nominate and encourage someone new to run in the election. I also trust the core developers and steering council members to know their own limitations and capabilities, and they can make their own decision on whether they want to continue serving as a Steering council member or not. I do think that we can achieve a good balance without imposing hard term limits. But this is just my personal opinion and just one voice. If folks feel strongly about changing the term limit of the steering council, please do propose a change to PEP 13 and I will happily abide by the result.
- Companies like Apple, Red Hat, and GitHub are dropping decades-old coding terms like ‘slave’ or ‘blacklist.’ Advocates say it’s a small but important step towards a more inclusive tech industry, Business Insider, with Rosalie Chan, June 2020.
- A group of women trying to change the sexist culture of open source software have been harassed online, Business Insider, with Rosalie Chan, March 2019.
- Python is eating the world: How one developer’s side project became the hottest programming language on the planet, Tech Republic, with Nick Heath, May 2019
- After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside, New Yorker, with Noam Cohen, September 2018.
Thank you for reading my nomination. I hope the above text gives you better clarity of my track record and capabilities. I hope you will find my diverse skill set and experience valuable and useful for the Steering Council.