NTEN alum Holly Ross joins Drupal Association as Executive Director

Around 18 months ago, Portland garnered another jewel in its open source crown when the Drupal Association—the nonprofit that helps manage the Drupal codebase and community—decided to call Portland home.

During that time, the organization has grown from a small crew to a dozen people. Now, they’ve announced the hiring of Holly Ross as their new executive director.

Holly joins the Drupal Association after 10 years at NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network, which works to help nonprofits use technology to create the change they want to see in the world. NTEN has a similar structure to the Drupal Association with a strong community of technologies, which she helped grow from just a handful of individuals to over 60,000 people. NTEN also holds an annual conference, and pulls together resources to support the technology needs of nonprofits around the country.

“Holly is a well-known visionary leader in the nonprofit technology community with a proven track record of developing and implementing organizational strategies that provide direct community benefit,” said Dries Buytaert, president of the Drupal Association’s Board of Directors. “Holly’s experience, talents, and skills will be vital to help us accelerate the growth and support of the Drupal community.”

Dries also thanked previous executive director, Jacob Redding, highlighting the progress the community has made under Jacob’s watch:

Under Jacob’s leadership we have broadened our activities, streamlined operations and significantly increased revenues. The Drupal community members grew by 1143% to 800,000 and we gained 3286% more committers to 23,000 in just three years. That said, our DrupalCon sizes and attendance expanded, which has helped increase Drupal adoption throughout the world. The Drupal Association staff of 12 has settled into Portland and is well positioned in Oregon’s active open source community.

For more information, see the press release announcing Holly’s new role.