For those of you who don’t know, today is international Community Manager Appreciation Day. That means we’re celebrating the hard work of community builders around the world and the movements they’re building.

This day began in 2010 after an initiation by Jeremiah Owyang, who has since proclaimed community builders to be the most powerful group on the Internet.

Last year, Sarah Judd Welch put together a great overview of the history of community as it has been studied in the modern world, which you can check out right here.

A few weeks ago, we turned to our very own community of community builders, and we asked the CMX community who they look up to when building communities. We’ve put that list together here so you know exactly who to follow for inspiration.

Check out the post on the CMX Hub Facebook group to see the full comments and all the love our community shared for some of our fellow members.

And make sure to check out our #CMGRHangout Google Hangout tonight at 5PM PST and all the other amazing hangouts happening ALL day today right here.

Community-Building Founders

These are founders who build communities around their products or whose products are communities themselves. These founders work day in and day out to build movements, and they’re showing others the way.

Alison Michalk
Founder and CEO, Quiip
@alisonmichalk

Amy Jo Kim
Co-Founder, Shufflebrain
http://amyjokim.com/
@amyjokim

Andrew Hyde
Startup Weekend Founder, Up Global
@andrewhyde

Bill Johnston
Director of Online Community & Customer Experience at Autodesk
@billjohnston

Charlene Li
Founder, Altimeter Group
http://www.charleneli.com/
@charleneli

Chris Heuer
CEO & Founder, ALYND
@chrisheuer

David Spinks
Founder & CEO, CMX Media
http://whatspinksthinks.com/
@davidspinks

Derek Powazek
Co-founder & CEO, Fertile Medium
http://powazek.com/
@fraying

Eric Elkins
CEO, WideFoc.us
@datingdad

Gina Bianchini
Founder & CEO, Mightybell
@ginab

Janet Fouts
CEO, Tatu Digital Media
@jfouts

Jenna Woodul
Co-Founder, EVP, Chief Community Officer, LiveWorld Inc
@JennaWoodul

Jerry Michalski
Relationship Economy eXpedition (REX), Founder
@jerrymichalski

Jeff Slobotski
Founder, Router Ventures, Silicon Prairie News
@slobotski

Kate Kendall
Co-founder & CEO, Cloud Peeps
http://katekendall.com/
@katekendall

Laura Jane Fitton
Founder, One Forty
@Pistachio

Max Altschulter
Co-Founder & Advisor, CMX Media
@MaxAlts

Rachel Happe McEnroe
Founder, Community Roundtable
@rhappe

Ryan Hoover
Founder, Product Hunt
http://ryanhoover.me/
@rrhoover

Scott Gerber
Founder & President, YEC
http://scottdgerber.com/blog/
@scottgerber

Scott Heiferman
CEO, Meetup
heif.tumblr.com
@heif

Sean Ellis 
CEO, Qualaroo & GrowthHackers
@SeanEllis

Sue Feldman
CEO and Founder, Synthexis

Thomas Knoll
Founder & Trust Builder, Primeloop
@thomasknoll

Venessa Paech
Founder, Swarm Conference
venessapaech.com
@venessapaech

Startup Community Builders

Building startup community is hard work. The entire ecosystem from founders to developers to VCs must be built and engaged on a regular basis. These are the premier builders in this space.

Anja Kundra
Vp of Operations, Partender
@kundrela

Danya Cheskis-Gold
Director of Community, Spark Capital
@Danyacg

Erik Torenberg
Founding Team, Product Hunt
Often writes at cmxhub.com
@ErikTorenberg

Lucy Brady
Platform Manager, First Round Capital
@lucylbrady

Morgan Brady
Program Director, YEC
@morganbrady

Ryan Paugh
Cofounder, YEC
@ryanpaugh

Mentors and Leaders

These are community builders who’ve been at it years, who are constantly building next-level communities and trying new strategies, and who inspire us on a daily basis. They’ve got experience under their belts, and they often share that experience with others both on and offline. We’re proud to call many of these community builders members of our community. 

Allison Leahy
Senior Community Manager, Fitbit
http://allisonleahy.com/hi
@zapleahy

Amy Muller
Director of Community & Customer Success, Automatic
@AmyGSFN

Ash McGregor Dey
Building Kifi (previously at Indiegogo)
@AshLaf

Bill Johnston
Director, Social Media & Community, Autodesk
@billjohnston

Caty Kobe
Head of Training, FeverBee
www.catykobe.com
@catykobe

Chelsea Rustrum
Author & Cunsultant, Rustrum Associates
http://rustrum.com/about/
@chelsearustrum

Cindy Au
Former VP of Community, Kickstarter
[email protected]_au
@shinyee_au

Danyelle Ludwig
Senior Manager, Lyft
@danyludwig

Darren Gough
Director of Community Development, Feverbee
@Darren_Gough

David DeWald
Community Manager, Thunderhead
thehistorian.org
@Historian

David Rust
Community Manager Team Lead, Lyft
@davidlrust

Dawn Lacallade
VP Account Services
@DawnL

Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing, Edutopia
http://www.elanaleoni.com/
@elanaleoni 

Emery Lees
Social Media Strategist, URS Corporation
@emeryim

Emily Castor
Community Relations, Lyft
emilycastor.com
@emilycastor

Erica Kuhl
Sr. Director of Community, Salesforce
@ericakuhl

Holly Goldin
Global Community Lead, Atlassian
@HollyGoldin

Jenn Pedde
Lead Community Manager, eModeration
http://www.jennpedde.com/
@JPedde

Jeska Dzwalski
Senior Community Manager,CreativeLive
@JeskaD

Joe Cothrel
Chief Community Officer, Lithium
@cothrel

Julie Hamel
Global Community Manager, Lithium
@juliehamel

Krysta Gahagen
Customer Success Manager, Sparkcentral
http://www.krystaelaine.com/
@krystaelaine

Lauren Cucinotta
Director of Community, Dedodedco
http://laurencucinotta.com/
@LCucinotta

Linda Carlson
Global Community Relations, Sony

Maria Ogneva
Head of Community, Sidecar
Social Silk
@themaria

Mark Yolton
VP of Digital, Cisco
@markyolton

Megan Berry
Head of Community and Social Product, RebelMouse
www.meganberry.com
@meganberry

Phoebe Shin Venkat
Director of Communication Engagement, Salesforce
@pheebkat

Rebecca Newton
Program manager, America Online Communities
http://rebeccanewton.com/
@RebeccaNewton

Regina Walton
Co-Organizer, SFTech4Good
@ReginaWalton

Samer Rabadi
Community Manager, Edutopia
@3seed

Sanya Weathers
Community Director, Undead Labs
@SanyaWeathers

Sarah Hawk
Head of Community, Feverbee
@ILOVETHEHAWK

Sherrie Rohde
Community & UX Leader, Rebellion Media
sherrierohde.com
@sherrierohde

Sue John
Online Community Manager, eModeration
http://sueontheweb.com/
@SueOnTheWeb

Susan Tenby
Online Community/Social Media, Caravan Studios
http://susantenby.com/
@suzboop

Tim Falls
VP, Community, Keen IO
http://www.timfalls.me/
@timfalls

Toby Metcalf
Tech Support Community Manager, PTC
@Toby_Metcalf

Advisors and Consultants

These are some of our community’s go-to’s for community advice and consulting,  having been in the community space for years past. Many of these community consultants and advisors write about what they’ve learned along their paths (as in the group below), which provides us with a great resource for building our own communities.

Brian Oblinger
Strategy Consultant, Lithium
http://www.thirty-ninea.com/
@brianoblinger

Ellen Petry Leanse
Business Strageist & Advisor, Work in Progress Advisors
[email protected]
@chep2m

Etienne Wenger
Independent Management Consulting, Wenger-Trayner
@etiennewenger

F. Randall Farmer
Social Media Product Design Advisor and Consultant, Peerlyst
@frandallfarmer

Justin Isaf
Principal, The Communal Group
@justinisaf

Ligaya Tichy
Angel Investor, 38 Angels + By/Association
http://www.ligayatichy.com/index.html
@helloligaya

Martin Reed
Community Building Consultant, CommunitySpark
@martinreed

Ray Eisenberg
Community Development Consultant, RME Consulting
http://voiceofcommunity.typepad.com/
@Ray94903

Sarah Judd Welch
Founder, Loyal
http://sarahjuddwelch.com/
@sjw

Scott Moore
Co-founder & Online Community Consultant, Communal
@scottmoore

Sean O’Driscoll
Leader of Social & Communities Practice within Digital Change, PwC
@seanodmvp

Vanessa DiMauro
CEO and Chief Digital Officer, Leader Networks
@vdimauro

Community Builders Who Write About Community

Talk about meta. These are the builders who write about the work that they do and observe others do. Not only are these folks leaders in the industry, but they’re building up other leaders as well and sharing best practices.

Carrie Jones
Editorial Director, CMX Media
CMXhub.com and carriemelissa.com 
@caremjo

Evan Hamilton
Director of Community & Customer Loyalty, ZOZI
http://www.evanhamilton.com/
@evanhamilton

Richard Millington
Founder, Feverbee
@RichMillington

Patrick O’Keefe
Owner, iFroggy Network
managingcommunities.com
@patrickokeefe