Hi Garfield,

Ok, follow up questions:

* Does WMF have a plan to keep the Foundation and its essential functions
operational if, say, the San Francisco main building all SF staff are
completely offline and unreachable by phone for a week after an earthquake?

* Would there be worthwhile advantages to establishing a second main office
in someplace like the US east coast or Europe?

Thanks, and please reply when it's convenient for you.

I'll follow up offline with HR about talent pool questions.


On Apr 8, 2015 5:16 PM, "Garfield Byrd" <gb...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Pine,
> If the Foundation decides to move, the cost of making the space usable for
> our staff is not a recoverable cost from the building owner.
> At this point, WMF is not planning on moving out of the San Francisco
> market area.  We will be doing our best to manage cost when we renew our
> lease or move. The advantages of having good access to talented people and
> organizations WMF interacts with far outweigh any advantages to moving to a
> lower cost location outside of the San Francisco market area.
> Regards,
> Garfield
> On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 9:58 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Garfield,
>> I'm asking this on Wikimedia-l because a number of Wikimedians have noted
>> the expensiveness of the San Francisco area including its high cost of
>> living for staff, employer competition for engineering talent, and
>> associated high salaries for WMF employees.
>> I see on
>> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/foundation/8/8a/RFP_for_Real_Estate_Services.pdf
>> that WMF is considering relocating its offices when its current main office
>> lease expires.
>> Questions:
>> What happens to the remodel expenses that WMF is paying for at its
>> current location? If WMF vacates the premesis, will it be compensated for
>> the remodel by the building owner?
>> I hope that WMF is contemplating fully exiting the San Francisco market
>> area in order to economize, get better value for our donors' funds, have
>> less competition for talent, and lower costs of living for staff. Is this
>> being considered?
>> Thanks very much,
>> Pine
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