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 more I've engaged with the Drupal community, the more I've gotten out of it. My techie-home, though, has always been NTEN. And who helped make NTEN great? The nonprofit technology community did, under the leadership of Holly Ross. And now she's executive director of the D.A. I'm pretty excited about that.
It would be great to see the Drupal community fluorish in new ways. I want it to continue to be a place where I can both give and get support and inspiration for my work. If Drupal continues to improve as an open source platform, I'd like to see the Drupal community be more accessible to more people. So after many years, to throw in a small token of support for all these efforts, I joined the D.A. Individual memberships are priced flexibly, on a sliding scale, and that made it very affordable. I'm excited to see how the D.A. and the Drupal community will evolve over the next few years.