I've been working with Drupal since version 4.7, whenever that was. I admit that for many years, I didn't know what the D.A. did. Now I have a better understanding of what they do. The Drupal Association supports the Drupal community. They run Drupal.org and host DrupalCons, and they provide infrastrucutre and support for community initiatives. The D.A. has a new executive director, former NTEN E.D. Holly Ross. If Drupal continues to improve as an open source platform, I'd like to see the Drupal community be more accessible to more people.