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Hi Sarah!

I'm curious to know what your role as the Head of Developer Experience at Netlify entails and how the role fits into your big picture.

Also being a very enthusiastic JAMstack user what will you say is the next big thing in the JAMstack space and how does one keep up with the latest news about JAMstack activities.

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Hi Gift! ❤️

My role is wonderful- I lead a group of awesome engineers that I'm grateful to be working with every day. I develop strategies to keep a good eye on developer experience from start to finish, including going through each possible way that our product might be used and filing PRs to fix rough edges. My team speaks at conferences, develops posts and OSS repos, but members of my team also work on product engineering for part of the year. There are about 100 other things we do- I try to make sure they are all aligned with overall strategy of the company :)

How does this fit into my overall big picture? I kind of feel like every job I have has taken me a little closer to where I want to be, and this job feels like it's the most "me". I work on a product I love, surrounded by people I admire and would like to learn from, I feel trusted and supported. I'm also really happy because the management side of helping people grow their careers really interests me as well. I get a nice synthesis of keeping an eye on developer experience, which I love, managing, and also engineering work. It's a great fit.

For JAMstack in particular- I know you're already heading up one of the biggest JAMstack groups in the world (congratulations!!!). There are some big things coming for JAMstack.org that should help you keep up with news etc, so I'd say keep an eye on that space. Another is if you can't go to JAMstack conf, the videos that are released after should be pretty great- there are some good speakers at that event. I'm excited to meet Jake Archibald in person!

Cheers!