[Wikimedia-l] Posting of 2015-16 Risks Document

2016-01-20 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
Hello All:

Thanks to an alert Community Member, it has come to our attention that due
to an oversight, the 2015-16 Risks Document was not posted with the 2015-16
Annual Plan.  We apologize for that.

Traditionally the Risks Document has been a part of the Annual Plan, either
included in the text of the plan or in the appendix.  The decision was made
last year to create the Risks Document separately and it was inadvertently
not posted when the 2015-16 Annual Plan, Budget and FAQ were posted.

The document was completed in July 2015; therefore the language may not
reflect any recent developments.

You will find the 2015-16 Risks Document posted here as part of the Annual
Plan:

2015-16 Annual Plan and Risk Document
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/2015-2016_Annual_Plan>

Thank you,

Amy

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you, Jan-Bart and Stu

2016-01-06 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
Yes and a very big thank you to Stu for all of his work on the Audit
Committee!!

Take care, Amy

On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 8:52 AM, Katie Chan <k...@ktchan.info> wrote:

> Thank you both. Hope to continue to see you around. :)
>
> KTC
>
> On 06/01/2016 16:11, Anna Stillwell wrote:
>
>> Thank you both for your service.
>> Warmly,
>> /a
>>
>> On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 7:34 AM, Sydney Poore <sydney.po...@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> I also want to thank Jan-Bart de Vreede and Stu West for their work as
>>> Trustees. I had the pleasure of working with both of them and know
>>> them to be committed to the wikimedia mission.
>>>
>>> I hope you all stay engaged.
>>> Warm regards,
>>> Sydney Poore
>>> Sydney Poore
>>> User:FloNight
>>> Wikipedian in Residence
>>> at Cochrane Collaboration
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 9:52 AM, Cristian Consonni
>>> <kikkocrist...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> 2016-01-06 8:10 GMT+01:00 Lodewijk <lodew...@effeietsanders.org>:
>>>>
>>>>> [...] But in the mean time, I'd like
>>>>> to do it myself: Thank you Jan-Bart and Stu for all the time, energy
>>>>> and
>>>>> effort that you poured into our movement. I know that not all of us
>>>>> appreciate this as much as we perhaps should, and sometimes you may
>>>>> even
>>>>> have perceived us as hostile. I do sincerely hope that you had fun with
>>>>>
>>>> us
>>>
>>>> though, and I'm confident that you made a big dent in our impossible
>>>>> mission of sharing the sum of all knowledge with everyone.
>>>>>
>>>>> I hope to meet you again soon, at least in Italy at Wikimania, and I
>>>>>
>>>> hope
>>>
>>>> to see you around in our movement in many different ways.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Thank you Jan-Bart and Stu for all your contributions to the movement
>>>> over many years.
>>>>
>>>> Cristian
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement

2015-08-31 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
ARG!!! and.  We will surely miss you Philippe!  I'll make sure,
if I stumble on to anymore exceptional peanut butter/chocolate recipes,
that they head your way post haste!

Please take very good care of your wonderful self,  Amy

On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 12:01 PM, Philippe Beaudette <phili...@wikimedia.org
> wrote:

> Dear friends,
>
> Six years is a long time.  Over the last six years, I've been privileged to
> be a part of so many things with you.  And I'm proud of what we've done
> together.  For the last six years, I've been a part of things that will
> excite me until the day that I die - the things that, together, we did in
> service of that phrase - "the sum of human knowledge" - were magical.  I'll
> never forget them, and I've been honored to be a part of this movement.
>
> But it's time for me to move on.
>
> As many of you know, for the last couple of years, I've struggled with my
> health.  I've come to the unpleasant realization that for my own good, I
> need to step back and focus on healing, and then look around for new and
> exciting opportunities.
>
> When Sue left, she said that her decision process included looking around
> and taking stock of the people and the condition of the Foundation, and
> asking herself "Is it safe? If I leave, is it safe?" and when she knew it
> was, she began to consider the idea.
>
> I've been doing the same, obviously focused on projects and programs that
> are important to me.  And I look around and I know that with the
> contributors that we have - brilliant, dedicated, passionate people and
> the staff that we have - dynamic, talented, devoted, and fearless it's
> safe.  So it's time for me to move on, and to leave it to them.
>
> As a housekeeping note:  I've agreed with Luis that I'll be available until
> 9/15, though I'll be out on medical leave, so may be slow to answer
> questions.  If I owe you something, please remind me so that we can get it
> properly assigned out.
>
> You can all reach out to me at any time... phili...@beaudette.me and
> any time I see you will be a celebration.
>
> With my deepest affection,
>
> Philippe
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Future of Wikipedia

2015-07-14 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
Hi Renata:

Please don't despair.  When I was growing up (I'm pushing 69) there were
definitely encyclopedias but they surely were not the *only research tools*.
Information was available, you just had to really dig for it - go to the
library, comb through the card catalogue, go into the stacks, find the
books, gather the information you needed, write it out by hand on paper
(there were no copiers), and note the source for the information on the set
of 3 x 5 index cards that you collected for the research project; or have
the research librarian retrieve the newspapers, or periodicals, or white
papers or mirco film and repeat what you did with the books; write it out
by hand on paper (again, no copiers), and note the source for the
information on the set of 3 x 5 index cards that you collected for the
research project.

Then you took all the information home, hand wrote the paper and once you
were happy with it, you typed it out on a manual typewriter, making sure
that you spaced it so that there would be enough room at the bottom for the
footnotes for each particular page.

If you had to make more than one copy, you put carbon paper in between the
sheets of paper and if you made a mistake, you carefully corrected every
page, making sure not to smudge the carbon or allow the papers and the
carbon to shift out of alignment.

If you needed more than 4 copies you typed the paper on a mimeograph
stencil.  If you made a mistake on the stencil, you used a mat knife and
carefully scraped the error off the back of the top sheet, cut a corner off
the stencil at the bottom and inserted that in the space between the top
sheet and the stencil back and typed the letter(s) again, making sure that
you did not accidentally let the top sheet or the stencil slip in the
typewriter roller, because if you did all of your alignment would be off
for the rest of the paper. There was a fluid to correct errors, but it
never worked very well. When the paper was done, you put the stencil on a
mimeograph machine and cranked it by hand until the stencil impression was
no longer deep enough to make copies.  If you needed more copies, you had
to cut another stencil by re-typing the entire paper.

I know this probably sounds like I had to hike 20 miles to school with
snow up to my waist - which I didn't -  but I offer it only to say that we
humans are a pretty persistent and creative bunch and when determined
enough we can make things work.  Sometimes, having to really dig for
something makes it all that much more precious.

Take care, Amy

On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 1:22 PM, Renata St renataw...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi.

 So I saw this YouTube video yesterday about kids reacting to printed
 encyclopedia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7aJ3xaDMuMnoredirect=1

 It made me sad. And very fearful of the future of Wikipedia.

 These kids do not appreciate knowledge and information because they grew up
 with its abundance. When I was growing up (and I am only 30), printed
 encyclopedia was the only research tool. These kids will never know the
 frustration when you tried looking something up in those dusty volumes only
 to find minimal information (stub) or, worse yet, nothing on the topic.
 And the nagging feeling it left you with because your curiosity was not
 satisfied and you thirsted for more, but there was nothing else! And so
 when Wikipedia came around it was this wondrous thing where information was
 seemingly limitless and endless. And it was expanding at dizzying speeds.
 And you could add more! It was the answer to my childhood fantasy of having
 the limitless encyclopedia that answered every questions. And it filed my
 heart with joy and satisfaction not unlike the joy of a child in candy
 story (yes, I am a geek).

 Those kids never deprived of knowledge and information will never know how
 precious it is. They will not have the same love that is required to edit
 Wikipedia and write quality articles. And it makes me sad.

 Renata
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan for FY 15-16

2015-05-31 Thread Amy Vossbrinck


Sent from my iPhone

 On May 30, 2015, at 4:01 PM, Samuel Klein meta...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 @Garfield - I would love to hear what sort of community feedback you are
 hoping for; and what you would ideally get out of it.
 Was this past week's input helpful?  Are you looking for additional
 feedback over the coming weeks?
 
 
 Liam writes:
 It would be good if the WMF would *try to set a good example* by following
 the rules that it sets for others, itself.
 
 This is not only good, but necessary, if we want any sort of coordination
 of planning and strategy across the movement.
 
 This year's plan was much later than expected — the first draft shared a
 week ago — motivated by recent changes in senior staff and plans,
 particularly shifts in engineering and the creation of the community
 engagement department.  As all have noted, this leaves little time for
 public or board feedback, and less for dialogue about that feedback.  I
 suspect a draft plan 2 months earlier would have been very useful *all the
 same*, even knowing it was bound to change due to the reorganization.  This
 highlights a basic problem with having static annual plans in a quickly
 changing environment.
 
 I thought we would move away from the 'static annual' planning model this
 year, and this still seems to be the intent, just delayed.  I hope the
 current plan draft will be the last to follow the old model, and plan
 updates will become more flexible and frequent this year.  In that case, we
 can still aim to get public and expert thoughtfully, say by mid-July,
 specifically inviting input from affiliates and community projects that
 have excellent goals and plans.  Then this feedback can guide the
 implementation of the plan from July on, and guide the development of any
 mid-year update of the plan.
 
 
 Regardless of the deadline mentioned on the publication page, the Board is
 discussing the plan at its monthly meeting on June 11, and will review a
 summary of community feedback as of June 9.  [The board approval vote is
 indeed at the end of June, but by the time the board meets to review that,
 it is an up-or-down vote with no time for revision.]
 
 
 Pine writes:
 It does make sense to me that there would be at least a month between
 publication of the full draft plan, including the documentation requested
 
 More data  detail is needed, even for this draft.  But given how late
 everything was, I appreciate that things were published for the community
 as soon as they were available, despite being in a draft state.
 
 
 I think that the WMF audit committee or the WMF Board might be in a better
 position than the FDC to do a thorough review of the plan, including
 holding public Hangout meetings in which the plan is discussed, much like
 how government legislative bodies review proposed budgets in public.
 
 A fine idea. Let's try it and see how it works: a public discussion,
 inviting a set of voiced participants  making a stream available to all,
 even if some invitees cannot make it.  The third week of June would fit the
 current compressed schedule.   Such a public discussion would also be a
 chance to make [more] connections between WMF planning and movement
 strategy.
 
 Sam
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Ukraine's anniversary

2014-06-02 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
Very nice work!!

Take good care, Amy


On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM, Cristian Consonni kikkocrist...@gmail.com
wrote:

  Today, our organization celebrates anniversary - 5 years from the date
  of creation.
 
  Exactly 5 years ago, on May 31, 2009, in Kyiv was held the constituent
  meeting, which approved the bylaws and elected its first Board of the new
  organization, known as Wikimedia Ukraine.
 
  Our community has gone through a long and difficult path. Birthday of
  Wikimedia Ukraine for our community is the third remarkable date this
  year. On January 30 was the 10th anniversary of the establishment of
  Ukrainian Wikipedia and on May 12 Ukrainian Wikipedia has crossed the
  threshold of 500 000 articles.
 
  We want to thank to Wikimedia Foundation Inc. for their help, to our
  neighboring communities for fruitful cooperation with us and of course
  to our community for their contributions!
 
  Regards, Levon Azizian
  Deputy chair
  Wikimedia Ukraine

 Congratulations!

 Cristian

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A personal note.

2014-05-28 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
Hello Victor:

I continue to admire your persistence, and now it seems that of your
partner, to fully engage in the process of bringing your considerable
talent and seemingly boundless energy to making it possible for very
single human being to freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from author James Baldwin:
Those who say it can' be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.


Keep on keepin' on!

Amy






On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 8:49 AM, Victor Grigas vgri...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 My significant other applied for a grant and got 500 Wikireaders
 distributed to 3 schools:


 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Aislinn_Dewey/Distribute_WikiReaders_to_Schools/Report


 https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-distribute-wikireaders-and-provide-an-opportunity-for-kids-to-learn


 On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote:

  On 28 May 2014 15:04, Marc A. Pelletier m...@uberbox.org wrote:
  ...
   So that Wil's interest manifested around the time Lila was announced as
   the next ED seems to me to be perfectly natural, even if I have
   expressed serious concerns about *how* that interest was expressed.
   -- Marc
 
  There is a big difference between your partner having an interest in
  your organization, and going on to publish public complaints about the
  staff that you have complete authority and responsibility for
  employing.
 
  I may be wrong, perhaps someone has some examples of where this worked
  out well? The only examples from history and the political world I can
  recall, did not.
 
  Fae
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] COI editing by WMF staff

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[Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690 of WMF funding

2014-04-01 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
Hello All:

I have been following this thread with great interest and a kind of deeply
appreciative fascination.

First to say that I am relatively new to WMF - having been on board for
just a bit over a year.  Previously the jobs that I had pretty much covered
the entire waterfront:

Summer jobs in high school
Jobs while in college (didn't we all do that!)
4 years in a combination of corporations and small businesses
17 years as a volunteer as I raised my two sons
17 years in non-profits (helping to found 3 of them)
2 years in county government
2 years as a scheduler for a Presidential campaign
and most recently, just before I came here,  6 years as a scheduler for a
US Congressman.

She must be 'old as dirt you are thinking - well not just yet - and among
other things that set WMF apart - they do not discriminate on the basis of
age :-) :-) :-)

WMF is unique in so many ways from all the other places I have worked, just
to name a few:

Basic operating manual:  Assume good faith!  Look for the truth!  Express
your views in an unbiased way!  (a slight rewording of the rules for
editing).

Everything is discussed in the open.

Everyone is welcome to express their opinion.

The leadership (all the way to the top) openly apologizes when mistakes
are made.

Rather than dig in and insist on continuing processes that don't work,
people at WMF put their heads together and look for a different solution.
 Much like the point in the movie Apollo 13 when they discover that the
air in the stranded capsule is slowly killing the astronauts.  The team is
told to bring everything to a meeting that the astronauts have available
inside the capsule.  They all come into the room shouting and pointing
fingers at each other in an effort to lay blame regarding what went wrong.
 At some point Ed Harris, who plays the White Team Flight Director, yells,
Let's just work the problem!  WMF is good at working the problem.

When I reflect on the above, I ask, what if the entire world worked this
way, or even half the world, or even just enough people to get us to the
tipping point.  It would be powerful stuff.

I don't intend to imply that we are looking at perfect - but then, life is
not about perfection of action (we are after all human), it is about
perfection of intention which is not that from assume good faith.

Take good care, Amy

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you

2013-12-07 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
Thanks very much for sharing this .  It is, indeed, inspirational .

Sent from my iPhone

 On Dec 7, 2013, at 7:42 PM, Megan Hernandez mhernan...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hi everyone,

 Each year that we run the fundraiser, readers write in really lovely notes.
 Please take two minutes to listen to our readers.

 Enjoy!


 The story I like to tell is that whilst I had heard of Wikipedia but only
 looked at it a few times thereafter, when the 2004 Tsunami occurred the day
 after Christmas, mainstream news organisations (TV, newspapers) were all
 away from their offices. That day I turned to Wikipedia to try to
 understand the scale of the event. It was Wiki editors 'on the ground' that
 created the sort of information and coverage usually considered the
 province of rolling news organisations only. This I now dub my 'Wiki
 Epiphany'.


 Wikipedia is an amazing service. Almost always, I am able to find
 information on subjects I am interested in. Thanks and Kudos to all staff
 and volunteers!!

 My world has been opened up time and time again by Wikipedia. From studying
 Detroit and computer programming to finding unbiased information on
 America's history, Wikipedia has been a beacon of free speech and
 information for over ten years. Sometimes, I just sit in awe of the fact
 that the greatest accomplishment of man was assembled mostly by volunteers,
 people who just wanted to make the world a better place.

 Its made life easier for me and expanded my knowledge by allowing me to
 more easily find trusted and verified information on the internet. It
 organizes all the noise out there on the web and gives a great concise to
 the point fact summary of what I want to know. Thank you and thank you to
 the millions of volunteer editors. Wikipedia is a necessity in my life and
 not just a luxury.

 Wikipedia is a source of unbiased information. The caveats and notes from
 the editors alert to questionable information. The links within the
 articles are amazingly helpful and have led me on wonderful information
 expeditions.

 I'd like to thank the entire staff of wikipedia and its editors for my high
 school graduation.

 It's impossible to put in words. I cannot imagine Planet Earth without it
 [Wikipedia]. It has changed my life forever.

 My 17 year old son uses you constantly. You have made him a smarter human
 being.

 You guys are ^^%$#* unbelievably awesome, keep it up!

 web sites like Wikipedia are invaluable and I felt it my duty to try help
 even if only a tad.

 so much of the Internet has turned into self serving and unreliable junque;
 so I am very, very grateful for the Wiki resource.

 I regard W as the best and most reliable source of information available
 anywhere. I don't know how you do it so please keep on with your Excellence
 }i{  That;s a butterfly for you
 This is one of the best things on the internet. It goes back to the
 original development of the internet and has remained ethical and true to
 its origins. There appears to be no discrimination and it is available to
 everyone at no cost.

 I am 60 years old and I am still so cruious and interested in so many
 things. Wikipedia gives me reasonable information whenever I may want it.


 I use wikipedia all the time and credit it more toward my education than
 college did!


 It's nice to see humanity get together without any external forces for a
 common good!


 I am inspired by the high quality of Wikipedia and the high ideals of its
 founder and its myriad contributors and editors. What a magnificent
 collaborative human achievement you are building!


 It has simultaneously answered and given me more questions than I can
 comprehend.
 This represents to me what college should be like. Free and collective
 knowledge by and for all.

 When I want to know something, I google it and 99% of the time Wikipedia
 has what I want to know. Even drinking arguments, about what Biff from Back
 to the Future is doing now, are solved by Wikipedia. It's all there.

 Without Wikipedia I would be about 30% less intelligent. :(

 it is like a gift from the gods of knowledge

 I am a teacher and a writer, and I am amazed how often Wikipedia is useful
 to me. I consider Wikipedia to be one of the great democratic projects
 maybe ever, and it is one of the reasons why I try to stay optimistic about
 the world. Thank you.

 I honestly feel like the next generation of humans in general, will be much
 smarter than the previous because of this site. Well, at least they will
 know a whole lot more useless shit. I've heard (don't know for sure if it's
 true, doesn't matter) that the bigger a person's brain is, typically, the
 smarter that person is. So, if that is true, I think it's likely that
 because of this site, in about 50 years, humans will have huge heads. Their
 heads will look like the aliens' heads did in attack from mars. If y'all
 ever get into commercials for whatever reason, you could use that and
 probably make it really funny :)

 It's like 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Some sad news

2013-11-20 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
Never let it be said that one person can't make a difference.  Clearly this
young man was all about reaching out to others and making an impact
everywhere he went.  The planet and many people on it benefited from his
kindness for the brief time he was here.

Thank you, Jackson for all you gave to make the word a better place.


On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM, Jake Orlowitz jorlow...@gmail.com wrote:

 User:Jackson Peebles is no longer with us, he passed away in late
 October. Jackson was a Western Michigan University Honors student
 studying behavioral science and biology. He worked as an ice hockey
 referreee and volunteered with the Red Cross. His Wikipedia efforts
 focused on counter-vandalism and adoption, greeting new users,
 encouraging civility, and [obsessively] reviewing recent changes.

 Jackson was a Teahouse host, an instructor in the Education Program,
 and the lead on a Video Tutorials Project through the WMF. User:Go
 Phightins! originaly adopted Jackson but he went on to run his own
 adoption school and facilitated a Western Michigan University course
 himself. Among his userboxes he said, This user is not a Wikipedia
 administrator but would like to be one someday.

 Jackson was born in 1992 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated Mattawan
 High School and was Senior Class President there. At Western Michigan
 University, he was a 2011 Medallion Scholar. He worked at the Waldo
 Library at the reference desk and volunteered for the National
 Alliance for Mental Illness. He was one of three students in the
 nation invited to represent the US at the International Red Cross and
 Red Crescent’s Global Youth Conference in Vienna in 2012.

 Jackson had recently proposed a WMF Individual Engagment Grant called
 Reimagining Wikipedia Mentorship. I think this project is incredibly
 important and should be pursued, User:EpochFail wrote in an
 endorsement. The grant scored highly and looked likely to be funded.
 A very interesting concept...may become a 'keystone piece' in the new
 editor onboarding process. wrote one IEG committee member. Another
 wrote, Taking a 'Teahouse approach' in building sustained motivation
 and preventing editor dropouts is a wonderful opportunity to develop a
 true mentor-mentee support system that would increase the activity of
 new contributors. Finally, Proposers are highly qualified and driven
 mentors with a useful background in teaching new editors and
 understanding the learning process.

 He was excitedly planning a trip to Australia in the coming weeks.

 On Wikipedia, Jackson earned barnstars in Mentorship, Random Acts of
 Kindness and Resilience. Friends and teachers glowingly recalled his
 sense of humor and his hard work ethic.

 His last edit to our site was on October 21 2013, the day he died.
 Jackson welcomed an i.p. editor to Wikipedia: Thank you for your
 contributions, such as the one you made to Nikah mut‘ah. I hope you
 like the place and decide to stay.

 Please leave remembrances and condolences at
 http://enwp.org/User_talk:Jackson_Peebes. We'll try and contact the
 family and share your thoughts with them. You can read more
 reflections on Jackson's amazing life there. Donations to the
 Kalamazoo NAMI chapter would have made Jackson very happy and are the
 family's wish.

 --Ocaasi14:26, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

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[Wikimedia-l] Thank you for this update.

2013-10-21 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
HI Patricio:  Thank you very much for sending along this updated list of
your new authorities.  I have updated our internal list.  Will you please
send along the email addresses for these new officers.  You will remember
that this information is for internal use only.

Ivana Molena
Esteban Zarate
Juan Ignacio Iglesias
Alberto Robles
Malena Lorente
Leandro Kibisz

Thank you, Amy


On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM, Patricio Molina
patriciomol...@gmail.comwrote:

 Dear friends,

 Yesterday we had our Annual Assembly in Wikimedia Argentina, and it's my
 great pleasure to announce our new authorities for the next two years
 (2013-2015). The new Board is composed as follows:

 President: Galileo Vidoni
 Vicepresident: Ivana Lysholm
 Secretary: Patricio Molina
 Deputy Secretary: Ivana Molena
 Treasurer: Nicolás Giorgetti
 Deputy Treasurer: Mariano Pérez
 Board Member: Beatrice Murch
 Board Member: Esteban Zárate
 Board Member: Juan Ignacio Iglesias
 Deputy Board Member: Nahuel Kahles
 Deputy Board Member: Alberto Robles
 Statutory Auditor: Leandro Ferrari
 Statutory Auditor: Malena Lorente
 Statutory Auditor: Leandro Kibisz

 Sincerely,

 *Patricio Molina*
 Secretario
 A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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