When I packed up my entire life and moved to fair Rollywood this past January to be closer to Red Hat Tower and dive head-first into this role as the first ever Fedora Community Action and Impact Lead, it was an absolute dream for me. Every day, I'm working with some of the most talented, motivated, brilliant hackers, designers, and volunteers that build and ship the operating system at the core of my digital existence--not to mention much of the enterprises and infrastructure around the world. The scale of problems, and the speed at which we are solving them, is still absolutely mind-blowing to me.
I love my job.
I love my team.
I love the Fedora Community.
I love Red Hat.
Thank you, all of you.
Never did I imagine there would ever be another opportunity that could sway me from this path, which I flipped my life upside down to pursue... but then I got the call...
Things are moving quickly, and I don't have all the details yet, but it looks like I'm going to be the first ever Open Source Community Manager for the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.
I have to be at campaign HQ in Brooklyn NY ready to hit the ground running on Monday.
I will be spending my last 24 hours as a Red Hatter flipping my entire life upside down, again, and I wanted to give the community one last window to ping me with any outstanding business or questions, and direct you to the appropriate channels thereafter.
After tomorrow, I'm going to be packing up and moving to Brooklyn to work 8 days a week until roughly Thanksgiving ;)
In my absence, here is a list of points of contact for FCL business (cc'd above,) until my replacement arrives.
For all things related to:
- Fedora Council, Matthew Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fedora Budget, Events, and ambassadors, Joe Brockmeier: email@example.com
- Fedora Engineering/Infrastructure, Paul Frields: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Community Operations/CommBlog/Mktg/Misc, the Community Operations Team: email@example.com
I know the timing is less than ideal, with Red Hat Summit next week, and Flock in August, but, I believe this position will bring the most visibility to the work and principles that Red Hat, Fedora, and the FOSS community stand for.
I find strength, purpose, and peace in these words of George Bernard Shaw:
"...I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. ...Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
This is one of those "once in a lifetime" moments in our history, and if the Free and Open Source Software Movement can be part of that, then I'm willing to answer the call.