Amy Kamala, web development manager at hosting company InMotion Hosting, has been selected for the all-woman ‘WordPress 5.6 Release Squad’. This team of around 50 women will manage documentation, accessibility, marketing, testing and other important aspects of the WordPress 5.6 release.
The development of WordPress 5.6 is led by Josepha Haden and coordinator Dee Teal. The other executives, Tonya Mork (Triage), Helen Hou-Sandì (Core Tech), Isabel Brison (Editor Tech), Ellen Bauer and Tammie Lister (Design) will be supported by this team of around 50 women in total.
As part of the all-women release squad, Amy Kamala would play a pivotal role in technical project management for WordPress 5.6 core development. She would also provide a strong focus on reviewing change management process literature.
Before joining the WordPress 5.6 Release Squad, Amy Kamala volunteered at WordPress, offering her talents to facilitate the Release Model Working Group. She also joined WordPress hosting team projects such as WordCamp contributor days, PHPUnit Test Runner/Reporter, and several others.
“I hear women in the WordPress community often saying, ‘I want to get involved’, but I can’t code, or I don’t understand the technology. A strong push of the all-women release squad is a doorway to get women involved in a statically male-dominated industry,” said Amy Kamala. “There are crucial roles outside of web development that women can get involved in without having the technical skillset. Contributing to WordPress is a great way to garner experience with the technology without being expected to push out code.”
Prior to joining InMotion Hosting, Kamala spent four years at hosting company Dreamhost, most recently as a WordPress Support Specialist. Her primary focus areas were WordPress technical resolution, server-side LAMP/LEMP environment updates, service package releases, and technology process documentation. Previously, as a WordPress Technical Support Representative, she was instrumental in developing Dreamhost’s process documentation for technical instruction.
“The support of other women has given me the strength to continue my professional career as a single mother, and I am extremely proud to be part of this initial all-woman squad. It has made my career possible,” added Kamala. “There’s a very diverse set of people and talents involved in the WordPress community, and I look forward to helping the WordPress community accomplish their overarching mission of democratizing publishing.”