I’m Shane Curcuru, and I am not currently a community manager, although I’d like to become one.
In the real world, I volunteer as VP, Brand Management for the ASF, setting brand and trademark policy for all 190 Apache project/podling communities. I’m also active in a number of other organizational parts of running the ASF, and am a 5 time past Director, past Apache OpenOffice podling Incubator mentor, past ApacheCon conference chair, and past decade+ contributor to ApacheCon conferences. I’ve finally started building a roster of talks about brand and community management, which I hope to expand.
In the mundane world, I started at Lotus 1-2-3 until IBM bought us. Working in IBM Research, my team donated the core of the XML/XSLT processing stack to the ASF in 1999, so I started my Apache career being paid to code. When my $dayjob changed directions, I scaled back my open source coding, but stayed involved in with Apache communities and operations, purely as a volunteer.
I’m at the point in life where I’m interested in getting paid for doing something I love, so I’m definitely excited to see this forum and learn from some other style community people!
P.S. Sadly, since all my open source work is on volunteer time and personally paid airline tickets, I probably can’t make CLS this year, although I will be speaking at OSCON… well, OSCON Ignite at least!