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Francesca Marano

Francesca is the lead of the WordPress core team where she gets to work full time on the open source project with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

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I was born into tech. My parents started programming in the late sixties and I grew up around computers, programming and all of that. But I never wanted to pursue a career in programming, because in my mind it was only back-end development, large mainframes, and all of that.
And then the internet happened and with it I discovered the joy of making websites. I took an HTML class in 1999 and I have been tinkering with the web ever since. I almost graduated in Multimedia and Technology, but left three exams before doing so when I realised that my web development teachers didn’t know about CSS and new (at the time) web standards.

I call myself a woman in tech, because I have always been the person that pushes for digital transformation in any organisation I have been part of. But I am not a technologist and probably that is my biggest asset in a tech leadership position. 

I am passionate about teaching and I will talk and talk and talk about WordPress, women in tech, small businesses, and volunteering for a cause to anyone who will listen.

I live between Italy and the UK, with my son, my boyfriend and my cat. I love knitting, expensive skincare, comfort food from Japan, Vietnam and Korea, skiing in winter and reading under the sun umbrella in the summer

Meet our 2021 Yoast Diversity fund recipients!

17 September 2021 | 4 Comments | Francesca Marano

Diversity is an important aspect of every community. It fuels discussion, change, and growth. It brings new voices and ideas into the mix. Diversity opens the door to new possibilities, and keeps that door open for everyone, not just a privileged few. That’s why we made the Yoast Diversity fund: to support underrepresented groups that […]

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Meet our 2021 Yoast Diversity fund recipients!

The road to WordPress 5.6: a look behind the scenes

9 December 2020 | 2 Comments | Francesca Marano

It’s here, the release of WordPress 5.6! What a wonderful journey it has been. As one of the release mentors of WordPress 5.6, I thoroughly enjoyed helping the team in any way I could. In this blog post, I’ll tell you more about the process, the people involved, and what we focused on. Essentially, the […]

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The road to WordPress 5.6: a look behind the scenes

Francesca likes to talk about diversity, contributing to open source, community involvement and WordPress.

  • Diversity in technology: A panel discussion


    Watch the panel discussion of Francesca Marano, Christie Chirinos, Mike Demo, Nigel Rodgers, and Chaya Oosterbroek, in which they talk about the issues of diversity in the technology field. They share their own experiences, and talk about the future of inclusiveness in the community.

  • Selfish Contribution

    Open source

    In 'Pyjamas talk', Francesca talked about contributing to open source and how to do it selfishly instead of selflessly.

  • The future of WordPress


    What does the future have in store for the WordPress industry? Francesca talked about the latest news and plans from the WordPress project at WordCamp Los Angeles. Enjoy watching!