Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-27 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

On top of the formal announcement, I’d like to share a few personal
thoughts.

Katherine Maher has been interim ED of the Wikimedia Foundation since
March. In the past few months, we’ve had the pleasure to witness her
ability to provide healthy leadership to Wikimedia Foundation staff. Thanks
to her abilities, she took the organisation to one with more engaged and
motivated teams.

But not only that, her contribution to Board meetings has been exemplary.
She opened up possibilities and discussions that will allow us to move
forward and become a better organisation. Katherine deeply shares our
values, and fits naturally within our movement.

I am really happy that she agreed to take on the permanent job, and can’t
wait for us to dive into making Wikimedia Foundation a better organisation.

At the same time, I would like to personally thank Frieda and Patricio for
the time they served as Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, as last week
was the conclusion of their Board terms. It also feels weird not to serve
with them as I’ve known the two of them for 10 years and would have love to
spend more time with them.

They served our movement during difficult times. I hope we’ll have the
pleasure to see them keep on wandering in the Wikimedia sphere, and wish
them to enjoy all the free time they’ve just got back with their loved
ones.

Please take the opportunity to share your thanks to Frieda and Patricio,
and to congratulate and welcome Katherine in her new position.

All the best,


Christophe
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-25 Thread Jan-Bart de Vreede
Congratulations to Katherine for being an incredible positive force and make a 
great impression in such a short time as Interim! A well deserved reward :)

I have all the confidence that you are able to motivate those around you (and 
in our community) to perform at their best, work together and be creative.

The very best wishes in what is (as always) likely to be a challenging time :)

Jan-Bart


> On 24 Jun 2016, at 11:15, Patricio Lorente  wrote:
> 
> Dear all, 
> 
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at Wikimania 
> 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine Maher as 
> Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective as of our 
> resolution dated Thursday, 23 June. 
> 
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months, 
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of 
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our movement’s 
> values, and brings expertise in civic technology and international 
> development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation and the 
> movement.
> 
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the ED 
> search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from 
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine. 
> 
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1] consisting 
> of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different perspectives 
> and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the Foundation’s Chief 
> Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the executive team, and 
> Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her peers as someone who 
> could represent staff perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping 
> the process on track and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and 
> facilitating transparency in communications. Their first tasks were to 
> identify a search firm, and define the position description. You can review 
> the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> 
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership needs 
> and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with the 
> committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the 
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with 
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting 
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a 
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the 
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] 
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile and 
> requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values and our 
> communities.
> 
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very 
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members 
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in 
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation 
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust 
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the 
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint 
> Katherine now. 
> 
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization 
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and 
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction, and 
> mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction through this 
> year’s annual plan. 
> 
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly 
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and 
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under 
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the Funds 
> Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback and 
> discussion.
> 
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate for 
> global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the Foundation’s 
> Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was appointed interim 
> ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on freedom of expression, 
> access to information, and digital rights; supporting the efforts of people 
> around the world to deepen participation, advance transparency, and 
> strengthen their communities through her work with UNICEF, National 
> Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the World Bank.  If you 
> don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more about her on Meta.[4]
> 
> With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the 
> leadership and 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-25 Thread shola ishola
Dear All,
We write to congratulate Katherine on her appointment as the new Executive 
Director of our foundation.
Wishing you the best.
Olaniyan Olushola
Team Lead, WUGN 
 

On Saturday, June 25, 2016 6:31 AM, Andrew Gray  
wrote:
 
 

 On 24 June 2016 at 10:15, Patricio Lorente  wrote:
> Dear all,
>
>
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at Wikimania
> 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine Maher as
> Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective as of our
> resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.

Hi Patricio,

On a pretty miserable day here in the UK, this is really cheering
news. Congratulations to Katherine and well done to the Board for
making a clear decision.

Andrew.

-- 
- Andrew Gray
  andrew.g...@dunelm.org.uk

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Andrew Gray
On 24 June 2016 at 10:15, Patricio Lorente  wrote:
> Dear all,
>
>
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at Wikimania
> 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine Maher as
> Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective as of our
> resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.

Hi Patricio,

On a pretty miserable day here in the UK, this is really cheering
news. Congratulations to Katherine and well done to the Board for
making a clear decision.

Andrew.

-- 
- Andrew Gray
  andrew.g...@dunelm.org.uk

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Damon Sicore
Congratulations, Katherine!  Excellent work and great news.  :)

Yours faithfully,
Damon

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On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 2:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective
> as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
>
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months,
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation
> and the movement.
>
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the
> ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine.
>
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her
> peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee was
> charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their first
> tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position description.
> You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
>
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with
> the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> and our communities.
>
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> Katherine now.
>
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction,
> and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> through this year’s annual plan.
>
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> and discussion.
>
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen participation,
> advance transparency, and strengthen their communities through her work
> with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and
> the World Bank.  If you don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more
> about her on Meta.[4]
>
> With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the
> leadership and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very best in
> this role, and the Board looks forward to continuing to work with her.
>
> We would also like to thank the many community members and Foundation
> staff who actively shared thoughtful, highly valuable feedback. Without
> that, 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Tanweer Morshed
Congratulations Katherine! Great to see you as the new ED. And thanks to
the search committee for the wonderful decision.


Regards,
Tanweer Morshed
Wikimedia Bangladesh

On Friday, June 24, 2016, Gregory Varnum  wrote:

> 
>
> Nope - even with my wild imagination - it is simply not possible for me to
> be more pleased and excited by this news!!!
>
> Congratulations, Katherine! I think this is fantastic news for the
> Foundation and movement!
>
> -greg (User:Varnent)
>
>
> > On Jun 24, 2016, at 4:56 PM, Peter Southwood <
> peter.southw...@telkomsa.net > wrote:
> >
> > Looks like a good choice.
> >
> > Good luck, Katherine
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Peter
> >
> >
> >
> > From: WikimediaAnnounce-l [mailto:
> wikimediaannounce-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org ] On Behalf
> Of Patricio Lorente
> > Sent: Friday, 24 June 2016 11:16 AM
> > To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org 
> > Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive
> Director
> >
> >
> >
> > Dear all,
> >
> >
> >
> > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective
> as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> >
> >
> >
> > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> months, during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the
> kind of leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation
> and the movement.
> >
> >
> >
> > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by
> the ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback
> from staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> Katherine.
> >
> >
> >
> > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her
> peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee was
> charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their first
> tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position description.
> You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> >
> >
> >
> > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with
> the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> and our communities.
> >
> >
> >
> > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> Katherine now.
> >
> >
> >
> > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> organization and community to make huge strides in management, execution,
> and transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic
> direction, and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that
> direction through this year’s annual plan.
> >
> >
> >
> > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> and discussion.
> >
> >
> >
> > Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> Foundation’s Chief 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Gregory Varnum


Nope - even with my wild imagination - it is simply not possible for me to be 
more pleased and excited by this news!!!

Congratulations, Katherine! I think this is fantastic news for the Foundation 
and movement!

-greg (User:Varnent)


> On Jun 24, 2016, at 4:56 PM, Peter Southwood  
> wrote:
> 
> Looks like a good choice. 
> 
> Good luck, Katherine
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Peter
> 
> 
> 
> From: WikimediaAnnounce-l 
> [mailto:wikimediaannounce-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of 
> Patricio Lorente
> Sent: Friday, 24 June 2016 11:16 AM
> To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director
> 
> 
> 
> Dear all, 
> 
> 
> 
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at Wikimania 
> 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine Maher as 
> Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective as of our 
> resolution dated Thursday, 23 June. 
> 
> 
> 
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months, 
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of 
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our movement’s 
> values, and brings expertise in civic technology and international 
> development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation and the 
> movement.
> 
> 
> 
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the ED 
> search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from 
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine. 
> 
> 
> 
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1] consisting 
> of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different perspectives 
> and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the Foundation’s Chief 
> Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the executive team, and 
> Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her peers as someone who 
> could represent staff perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping 
> the process on track and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and 
> facilitating transparency in communications. Their first tasks were to 
> identify a search firm, and define the position description. You can review 
> the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> 
> 
> 
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership needs 
> and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with the 
> committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the 
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with 
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting 
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a 
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the 
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] 
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile and 
> requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values and our 
> communities.
> 
> 
> 
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very 
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members 
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in 
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation 
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust 
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the 
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint 
> Katherine now. 
> 
> 
> 
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization 
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and 
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction, and 
> mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction through this 
> year’s annual plan. 
> 
> 
> 
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly 
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and 
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under 
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the Funds 
> Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback and 
> discussion.
> 
> 
> 
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate for 
> global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the Foundation’s 
> Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was appointed interim 
> ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on freedom of expression, 
> access to information, and digital rights; supporting the efforts of people 
> around the world to deepen participation, advance transparency, and 
> strengthen their communities through 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Tito Dutta
Congrats, good luck and all the best.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Peter Southwood
Looks like a good choice. 

Good luck, Katherine

Cheers,

Peter

 

From: WikimediaAnnounce-l 
[mailto:wikimediaannounce-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Patricio 
Lorente
Sent: Friday, 24 June 2016 11:16 AM
To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

 

Dear all, 

 

It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at Wikimania 
2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine Maher as 
Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective as of our 
resolution dated Thursday, 23 June. 

 

Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months, 
during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of 
leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our movement’s 
values, and brings expertise in civic technology and international development 
that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation and the movement.

 

We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the ED 
search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from staff 
and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine. 

 

In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1] consisting of 
four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different perspectives and 
capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the Foundation’s Chief Advancement 
Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the executive team, and Foundation staff 
member Katie Horn was selected by her peers as someone who could represent 
staff perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping the process on track 
and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in 
communications. Their first tasks were to identify a search firm, and define 
the position description. You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]

 

The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership needs 
and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with the 
committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the 
executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with 
staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting 
feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a 
community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the 
qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] 
Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile and 
requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values and our 
communities.

 

Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very clear 
and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members that 
Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in our next 
ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation engagement 
survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust in leadership. 
After taking this all into account, and considering what the organization needs 
at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint Katherine now. 

 

In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization and 
community to make huge strides in management, execution, and transparency. She 
brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction, and mobilized the 
organization to clearly communicate that direction through this year’s annual 
plan. 

 

After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly identify 
the organization’s priorities during the transition period and execute against 
them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under Katherine’s leadership, 
the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the Funds Dissemination Committee, 
leaving ample time for community feedback and discussion.

 

Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate for 
global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the Foundation’s 
Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was appointed interim ED 
in March. Throughout her career she has focused on freedom of expression, 
access to information, and digital rights; supporting the efforts of people 
around the world to deepen participation, advance transparency, and strengthen 
their communities through her work with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute 
for International Affairs, and the World Bank.  If you don’t already know 
Katherine, you can learn more about her on Meta.[4]

 

With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the leadership 
and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very best in this role, and 
the Board looks forward to continuing to work with her. 

 

We would also like to thank the many community members and Foundation staff who 
actively shared thoughtful, highly valuable feedback. 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Vitor Mazuco
Congratulations!

2016-06-24 9:08 GMT-03:00, Michael Maggs :
> Welcome Katherine, from all of us at Wikimedia UK.  That's fantastic news!
>
> Michael
>
> 
> Michael Maggs
> Chair, WMUK
>
> Patricio Lorente wrote:
>>
>> Dear all,
>>
>>
>> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
>> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
>> Katherine Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
>> This is effective as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
>>
>>
>> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
>> months, during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated
>> the kind of leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed
>> to our movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
>> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
>> Foundation and the movement.
>>
>>
>> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by
>> the ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct
>> feedback from staff and community, and our own experience working
>> closely with Katherine.
>>
>>
>> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
>> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
>> different perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked
>> the Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent
>> the executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was
>> selected by her peers as someone who could represent staff
>> perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping the process on
>> track and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and facilitating
>> transparency in communications. Their first tasks were to identify a
>> search firm, and define the position description. You can review the
>> committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
>>
>>
>> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our
>> leadership needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of
>> Viewcrest worked with the committee to conduct interviews with every
>> Foundation department, the executive, the Board, and nearly 20
>> additional one-on-one interviews with staff. Kathleen attended the
>> Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting feedback from community
>> members and affiliates. The committee launched a community survey in
>> June, receivingmore than 1,600 responses about the qualities needed in
>> the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] Taking all of
>> this into account, the transition team developed a profile and
>> requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
>> and our communities.
>>
>>
>> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received
>> very clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and
>> community members that Katherine embodies the values of our movement
>> and the traits needed in our next ED. This feedback was only
>> reinforced by the latest Foundation engagement survey results, which
>> showed a strong shift toward renewed trust in leadership. After taking
>> this all into account, and considering what the organization needs at
>> this moment of transition, we moved to appoint Katherine now.
>>
>>
>> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
>> organization and community to make huge strides in management,
>> execution, and transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our
>> strategic direction, and mobilized the organization to clearly
>> communicate that direction through this year’s annual plan.
>>
>>
>> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
>> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period
>> and execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets.
>> Under Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan
>> to the Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community
>> feedback and discussion.
>>
>>
>> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime
>> advocate for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was
>> the Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until
>> she was appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has
>> focused on freedom of expression, access to information, and digital
>> rights; supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen
>> participation, advance transparency, and strengthen their communities
>> through her work with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for
>> International Affairs, and the World Bank.  If you don’t already know
>> Katherine, you can learn more about her on Meta.[4]
>>
>>
>> With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the
>> leadership and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very
>> best in this role, and the Board looks forward to continuing to work
>> with her.
>>
>>
>> We would also like to thank the many community 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Michael Maggs

Welcome Katherine, from all of us at Wikimedia UK.  That's fantastic news!

Michael


Michael Maggs
Chair, WMUK

Patricio Lorente wrote:


Dear all,


It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at 
Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint 
Katherine Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. 
This is effective as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.



Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three 
months, during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated 
the kind of leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed 
to our movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and 
international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia 
Foundation and the movement.



We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by 
the ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct 
feedback from staff and community, and our own experience working 
closely with Katherine.



In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1] 
consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent 
different perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked 
the Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent 
the executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was 
selected by her peers as someone who could represent staff 
perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping the process on 
track and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and facilitating 
transparency in communications. Their first tasks were to identify a 
search firm, and define the position description. You can review the 
committee’s updates on Meta.[2]



The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our 
leadership needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of 
Viewcrest worked with the committee to conduct interviews with every 
Foundation department, the executive, the Board, and nearly 20 
additional one-on-one interviews with staff. Kathleen attended the 
Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting feedback from community 
members and affiliates. The committee launched a community survey in 
June, receivingmore than 1,600 responses about the qualities needed in 
the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] Taking all of 
this into account, the transition team developed a profile and 
requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values 
and our communities.



Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received 
very clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and 
community members that Katherine embodies the values of our movement 
and the traits needed in our next ED. This feedback was only 
reinforced by the latest Foundation engagement survey results, which 
showed a strong shift toward renewed trust in leadership. After taking 
this all into account, and considering what the organization needs at 
this moment of transition, we moved to appoint Katherine now.



In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the 
organization and community to make huge strides in management, 
execution, and transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our 
strategic direction, and mobilized the organization to clearly 
communicate that direction through this year’s annual plan.



After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly 
identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period 
and execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. 
Under Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan 
to the Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community 
feedback and discussion.



Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime 
advocate for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was 
the Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until 
she was appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has 
focused on freedom of expression, access to information, and digital 
rights; supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen 
participation, advance transparency, and strengthen their communities 
through her work with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for 
International Affairs, and the World Bank.  If you don’t already know 
Katherine, you can learn more about her on Meta.[4]



With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the 
leadership and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very 
best in this role, and the Board looks forward to continuing to work 
with her.



We would also like to thank the many community members and Foundation 
staff who actively shared thoughtful, highly valuable feedback. 
Without that, we would not have been able to come to this decision.



Please join us in congratulating Katherine!


Patricio Lorente, outgoing Board Chair

Christophe Henner, incoming Board Chair



Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Great news. Congratulations to Katherine.

All the best,

Isaac
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld from Glo Mobile.

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Executive Director

Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to
all those involved.

James

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective
> as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
>
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months,
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation
> and the movement.
>
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the
> ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine.
>
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her
> peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee was
> charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their first
> tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position description.
> You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
>
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with
> the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> and our communities.
>
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> Katherine now.
>
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction,
> and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> through this year’s annual plan.
>
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> and discussion.
>
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focuse

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Galileo Vidoni
I'm sure this is great news not only for the Foundation but also for the
movement as a whole.

Congratulations to Katherine and thanks to the Board for taking this
decision.


*Galileo Vidoni*
Presidente
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 12:37 PM, Sydney Poore 
wrote:

> Congratulations. I couldn't be more thrilled
> Warm regards.
> Sydney
> On Jun 24, 2016 11:30 AM, "Oona Castro"  wrote:
>
> > Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
> > Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein"  escreveu:
> >
> > > Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
> > > swiftly.   ~SJ
> > > On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:
> > >
> > > > Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and
> thanks
> > to
> > > > all those involved.
> > > >
> > > > James
> > > >
> > > > On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> > > > patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Dear all,
> > > > >
> > > > > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > > > > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
> > > Katherine
> > > > > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> > > > effective
> > > > > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> > > > >
> > > > > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> > > months,
> > > > > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the
> > kind
> > > > of
> > > > > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > > > > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > > > > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> > > > Foundation
> > > > > and the movement.
> > > > >
> > > > > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led
> > by
> > > > the
> > > > > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct
> > feedback
> > > > from
> > > > > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> > > > Katherine.
> > > > >
> > > > > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > > > > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
> > > different
> > > > > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > > > > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent
> the
> > > > > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected
> > by
> > > > her
> > > > > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The
> > committee
> > > > was
> > > > > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging
> > > important
> > > > > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications.
> Their
> > > > first
> > > > > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> > > > description.
> > > > > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> > > > >
> > > > > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our
> > leadership
> > > > > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest
> > worked
> > > > with
> > > > > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation
> department,
> > > the
> > > > > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one
> interviews
> > > with
> > > > > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
> > collecting
> > > > > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee
> > launched
> > > a
> > > > > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about
> > the
> > > > > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on
> > > Meta.[3]
> > > > > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a
> > > profile
> > > > > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our
> > > values
> > > > > and our communities.
> > > > >
> > > > > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received
> > > very
> > > > > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> > > > members
> > > > > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits
> > > needed
> > > > in
> > > > > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest
> > Foundation
> > > > > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward
> renewed
> > > > trust
> > > > > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering
> > what
> > > > the
> > > > > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to
> appoint
> > > > > Katherine now.
> > > > >
> > > > > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> > > > organization
> > > > > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > > > > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic
> > > direction,
> > > > > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that
> direction
> > > > > through this year’s annual plan.
> > > 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations. I couldn't be more thrilled
Warm regards.
Sydney
On Jun 24, 2016 11:30 AM, "Oona Castro"  wrote:

> Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
> Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein"  escreveu:
>
> > Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
> > swiftly.   ~SJ
> > On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:
> >
> > > Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks
> to
> > > all those involved.
> > >
> > > James
> > >
> > > On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> > > patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Dear all,
> > > >
> > > > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > > > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
> > Katherine
> > > > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> > > effective
> > > > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> > > >
> > > > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> > months,
> > > > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the
> kind
> > > of
> > > > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > > > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > > > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> > > Foundation
> > > > and the movement.
> > > >
> > > > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led
> by
> > > the
> > > > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct
> feedback
> > > from
> > > > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> > > Katherine.
> > > >
> > > > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > > > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
> > different
> > > > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > > > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> > > > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected
> by
> > > her
> > > > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The
> committee
> > > was
> > > > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging
> > important
> > > > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their
> > > first
> > > > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> > > description.
> > > > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> > > >
> > > > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our
> leadership
> > > > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest
> worked
> > > with
> > > > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department,
> > the
> > > > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews
> > with
> > > > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
> collecting
> > > > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee
> launched
> > a
> > > > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about
> the
> > > > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on
> > Meta.[3]
> > > > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a
> > profile
> > > > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our
> > values
> > > > and our communities.
> > > >
> > > > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received
> > very
> > > > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> > > members
> > > > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits
> > needed
> > > in
> > > > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest
> Foundation
> > > > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed
> > > trust
> > > > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering
> what
> > > the
> > > > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> > > > Katherine now.
> > > >
> > > > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> > > organization
> > > > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > > > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic
> > direction,
> > > > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> > > > through this year’s annual plan.
> > > >
> > > > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> > > > identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period
> and
> > > > execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> > > > Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to
> the
> > > > Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community
> > feedback
> > > > and discussion.
> > > >
> > > > Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime
> > advocate
> > > > for global open communities, 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Greg Varnum
This message is also available on Meta-Wiki for translation:  
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/24_June_2016_-_Board_appointment_of_Wikimedia_Foundation_Executive_Director

-greg

---
Gregory Varnum
Communications Strategist (Contractor)
Wikimedia Foundation 
gvar...@wikimedia.org 
> On Jun 24, 2016, at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente  
> wrote:
> 
> Dear all, 
> 
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at Wikimania 
> 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine Maher as 
> Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective as of our 
> resolution dated Thursday, 23 June. 
> 
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months, 
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of 
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our movement’s 
> values, and brings expertise in civic technology and international 
> development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation and the 
> movement.
> 
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the ED 
> search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from 
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine. 
> 
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1] consisting 
> of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different perspectives 
> and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the Foundation’s Chief 
> Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the executive team, and 
> Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her peers as someone who 
> could represent staff perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping 
> the process on track and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and 
> facilitating transparency in communications. Their first tasks were to 
> identify a search firm, and define the position description. You can review 
> the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> 
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership needs 
> and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with the 
> committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the 
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with 
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting 
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a 
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the 
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] 
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile and 
> requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values and our 
> communities.
> 
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very 
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members 
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in 
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation 
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust 
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the 
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint 
> Katherine now. 
> 
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization 
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and 
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction, and 
> mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction through this 
> year’s annual plan. 
> 
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly 
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and 
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under 
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the Funds 
> Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback and 
> discussion.
> 
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate for 
> global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the Foundation’s 
> Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was appointed interim 
> ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on freedom of expression, 
> access to information, and digital rights; supporting the efforts of people 
> around the world to deepen participation, advance transparency, and 
> strengthen their communities through her work with UNICEF, National 
> Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the World Bank.  If you 
> don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more about her on Meta.[4]
> 
> With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the 
> leadership and clarity to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Shani
Wonderful news! Well deserved.
A big thank you to the board for this sensible decision and (continued)
good luck to Katherine. :-)

Shani.
On 24 Jun 2016 11:30, "Oona Castro"  wrote:

> Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
> Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein"  escreveu:
>
> > Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
> > swiftly.   ~SJ
> > On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:
> >
> > > Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks
> to
> > > all those involved.
> > >
> > > James
> > >
> > > On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> > > patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Dear all,
> > > >
> > > > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > > > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
> > Katherine
> > > > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> > > effective
> > > > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> > > >
> > > > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> > months,
> > > > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the
> kind
> > > of
> > > > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > > > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > > > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> > > Foundation
> > > > and the movement.
> > > >
> > > > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led
> by
> > > the
> > > > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct
> feedback
> > > from
> > > > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> > > Katherine.
> > > >
> > > > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > > > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
> > different
> > > > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > > > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> > > > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected
> by
> > > her
> > > > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The
> committee
> > > was
> > > > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging
> > important
> > > > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their
> > > first
> > > > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> > > description.
> > > > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> > > >
> > > > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our
> leadership
> > > > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest
> worked
> > > with
> > > > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department,
> > the
> > > > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews
> > with
> > > > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
> collecting
> > > > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee
> launched
> > a
> > > > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about
> the
> > > > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on
> > Meta.[3]
> > > > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a
> > profile
> > > > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our
> > values
> > > > and our communities.
> > > >
> > > > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received
> > very
> > > > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> > > members
> > > > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits
> > needed
> > > in
> > > > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest
> Foundation
> > > > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed
> > > trust
> > > > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering
> what
> > > the
> > > > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> > > > Katherine now.
> > > >
> > > > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> > > organization
> > > > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > > > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic
> > direction,
> > > > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> > > > through this year’s annual plan.
> > > >
> > > > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> > > > identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period
> and
> > > > execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> > > > Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to
> the
> > > > Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community
> > feedback
> > > > and discussion.
> > > >
> > > > Katherine is an excellent fit for our 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Oona Castro
Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein"  escreveu:

> Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
> swiftly.   ~SJ
> On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:
>
> > Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to
> > all those involved.
> >
> > James
> >
> > On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> > patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Dear all,
> > >
> > > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
> Katherine
> > > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> > effective
> > > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> > >
> > > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> months,
> > > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind
> > of
> > > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> > Foundation
> > > and the movement.
> > >
> > > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by
> > the
> > > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback
> > from
> > > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> > Katherine.
> > >
> > > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
> different
> > > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> > > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by
> > her
> > > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee
> > was
> > > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging
> important
> > > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their
> > first
> > > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> > description.
> > > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> > >
> > > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> > > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked
> > with
> > > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department,
> the
> > > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews
> with
> > > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> > > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched
> a
> > > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> > > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on
> Meta.[3]
> > > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a
> profile
> > > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our
> values
> > > and our communities.
> > >
> > > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received
> very
> > > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> > members
> > > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits
> needed
> > in
> > > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> > > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed
> > trust
> > > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what
> > the
> > > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> > > Katherine now.
> > >
> > > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> > organization
> > > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic
> direction,
> > > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> > > through this year’s annual plan.
> > >
> > > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> > > identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> > > execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> > > Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> > > Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community
> feedback
> > > and discussion.
> > >
> > > Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime
> advocate
> > > for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> > > Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> > > appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> > > freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> > > supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen
> > participation,
> > > advance transparency, and 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Samuel Klein
Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
swiftly.   ~SJ
On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:

> Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to
> all those involved.
>
> James
>
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> effective
> > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> >
> > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months,
> > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind
> of
> > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> Foundation
> > and the movement.
> >
> > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by
> the
> > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback
> from
> > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> Katherine.
> >
> > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by
> her
> > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee
> was
> > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their
> first
> > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> description.
> > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> >
> > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked
> with
> > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> > and our communities.
> >
> > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> members
> > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed
> in
> > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed
> trust
> > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what
> the
> > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> > Katherine now.
> >
> > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> organization
> > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction,
> > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> > through this year’s annual plan.
> >
> > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> > identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> > execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> > Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> > Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> > and discussion.
> >
> > Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> > for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> > Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> > appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> > freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> > supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen
> participation,
> > advance transparency, and strengthen their communities through her work
> > with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and
> > the World Bank.  If you don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more
> > about her on Meta.[4]
> >
> > With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the
> > leadership and clarity to move 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread James Heilman
Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to
all those involved.

James

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective
> as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
>
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months,
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation
> and the movement.
>
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the
> ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine.
>
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her
> peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee was
> charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their first
> tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position description.
> You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
>
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with
> the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> and our communities.
>
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> Katherine now.
>
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction,
> and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> through this year’s annual plan.
>
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> and discussion.
>
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen participation,
> advance transparency, and strengthen their communities through her work
> with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and
> the World Bank.  If you don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more
> about her on Meta.[4]
>
> With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the
> leadership and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very best in
> this role, and the Board looks forward to continuing to work with her.
>
> We would also like to thank the many community members and Foundation
> staff who actively shared thoughtful, highly valuable feedback. Without
> that, we would not have been able to come to this decision.
>
> Please join us in