When I joined Stack Overflow (the company, not the site), I was initially asked to work on a nascent Trust and Safety team. This was a new team for the community department, just formed, at the urging of CesarM, who had been advocating for it for some time.
I like to build stuff, so this appealed to me a lot, and after my initial conversations with Cesar, I was even more excited, because I knew that I would enjoy working with him. He has a similar (warped) sense of humor to mine, and I knew we would have a good time while being very productive.
Cesar, it was explained to me, was a Senior Community Manager, who was heading up this new team while we figured out how to make it go. And he did a great job with that, managing my own onboarding process, working with me to set goals and determine what was needed, from tools to documentation to staff.
So when I was asked to take on my current role, naturally one of my first moves was to look into how to appropriately resource Cesar, since he was all alone on that team (again). We did that, and published a couple of vacancy announcements (more on that later this week). One of my next moves was to begin the process of formalizing what was essentially in effect already: to officially make Cesar the manager of our Trust and Safety team, rather than filling the role as a Senior Community Manager.
I’m pleased to announce that as of November 1, we’re promoting Cesar from Senior Community Manager to his new role as Manager, Community Trust & Safety. Later this week, he’ll be introducing you to his new team, as we get our new folks onboard.
While he’s been acting as the team lead for several months, his new position brings with it increased responsibilities around annual planning and prioritization, so I hope you’ll understand if he’s not yet in a position to lay out a detailed plan for you, but I know that you’ll want to join me in congratulating him for this well-deserved promotion.