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I use this site to chronicle my life and interests, like open source, travel and cooking. I hail from the San Francisco Bay Area and studied English Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. I currently reside in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

If you’d like to get in touch with me via email, send your message to mebelh at gmail dot com.

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An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn leads community relations initiatives at Elasticsearch.

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An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source. In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Community Manager, where she leads community relations efforts.

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An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source. In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Community Manager, where she leads community relations efforts.

Prior to joining Elasticsearch, Leslie worked as Program Manager for Google Summer of Code, Community Manager for OSU’s Open Source Lab and Community Engineering Team Manager at Red Hat.

Whilst not doing things community at Elasticsearch, Leslie is in the “save the world business” and works on side projects that make the world a better place. She serves as a Board Member for CASH Music, the Privly Foundation and the Sahana Software Foundation. Leslie has lived in Amsterdam, The Netherlands since September 2013. She harkens back to her days at U.C. Berkeley now and again by indulging in an evening’s read of Medieval English Literature (but you can keep your Geoffrey Chaucer; William Langland FTW!). You can follow her adventures on Twitter or her blog at http://hawthornlandings.org

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