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Nominee for 2019 Python Software Foundation Board Election

Kushal Das

  • Previous Board Service: 2014 2016-2019
  • Employer: Freedom of the Press Foundation
  • Other Affiliations: CPython core developer and fellow at PSF. Tor Project core team member.
  • Nominee Statement:

      I am a CPython core developer, and also a fellow at PSF. I am also co-chairing the PSF grants working group, and worked as the communications officer on the board. Other than volunteering for PyCon US in various roles, I also help as the sprint coordinator in the conference.

      I chaired the PyCon Pune, it is a new regional PyCon started from 2017 with goals to create more upstream contributors.

      I work as a public interest technologist with a non-profit called Freedom of the Press Foundation where we protect, defend, and empower public-interest journalism in the 21st century. I help to maintain SecureDrop, which is an open source whistleblower submission system (written in Python) that media organizations and NGOs can install to securely accept documents from anonymous sources.

      Goals for 2019

      • Work as a bridge with the CPython core developers, the larger workflow/infrastructure ecosystem and the PSF (along with the help of Thomas and other developers) so that we can support the sustainability of the projects as required.
      • I will continue helping out the Python community in the places outside of EU/US region, thus helping in growing the membership and reach of PSF to the larger community worldwide. Last year, I have given talk about PSF in PyCon India and also continued helping out the other regional conferences.
      • Helping out local PyLadies groups to grow effective and self-reliant.
      • Focus more on the grants working group to make sure that we are able to provide the necessary guidance and help to the different events across the globe.
      • Helping out in the regular activities of the PSF.
  • Nomination Statements:
    • Nomination by: Himanshu Awasthi

      I again wants to see Kushal Das as board member because He is already doing so many great things like Spreading Python Knowledge over the globe. I'm also the part of DGPLUG Group which started by him 11 year back.