Now Announcing Our January 2023 Community Champion 🥳

Pantheon’s Community Team is thrilled to share that Gary Gao, Staff Marketing Engineer at Tableau Software (a Salesforce company), is our Community Champion of the Month for January 2023. :trophy:

Gary, who does general web development and system wrangling for Tableau Software, has been selected as this month’s Community Champion for their unwavering support and commitment to helping others both on and offline. Gary can often be found in our Developer Community Slack answering questions and sharing resources on Drupal, the Pantheon Platform, and other open source topics.

Two recent examples of Gary in action on our Community Slack include when they chimed in to assist Dolly K when they were asking if there’s a workaround to getting a file overwritten vs. uploading a new file when re-uploading a file in a Drupal site and when they offered advice to Alison Jo when they requested tips for tracking outgoing JSON/XML feed consumption on their Drupal 9 site. Gary has also been great at sharing product feedback and feature requests with our team to help us continually improve Pantheon’s products and services. A recent request includes adding a confirmation step for Clear Caches (especially on the live env) in the Pantheon Dashboard UI.

When we asked Gary what inspired them to do the work they do today and get involved in open source, this is what they had to say:

Web development is a good mix of general problem solving and being able to deeply understand some topics, so it worked out well for my personality.

Gary also shared what they enjoy most about being a part of our community:

I like seeing the variety of situations people come across and learning from them.

And when we asked Gary about their hidden superpower, they replied with:


We’re so glad Gary’s passion for problem solving and knowledge sharing led them to web development and Pantheon! Our community wouldn’t be the same without you, Gary.

From the bottom of our heart, we thank you for all you do each and every day to make our community and the open web a better place. We’re so lucky to have you as an integral part of our community and look forward to seeing all the amazing things you’ll continue to do in the future!

Everyone, please join us in congratulating Gary! :clap:

We also want to note that for this month, Gary has opted to forgo receiving a gift and instead selected a charity that we’ll be donating to on their behalf. We’ll be making a donation to the Mozilla Foundation, which works to ensure the internet remains a public resource that is open and accessible to us all.

Your Community Team :black_heart::yellow_heart:,
@vee.vopham, @McKennaR, and @katie.richards

Interested in learning more about what it takes to become a Community Champion and all the perks that come with it? Read all about it here.

If you would like to nominate someone in our community to become the next Community Champion of the Month, take a few minutes to fill out this form.