I’m honored to work in this new way with the other directors in Community Engagement through the next few months as we look for the ideal lead for the department. While I will serve the role in the interim with their critical support, I will also be continuing as Director of Support and Safety.
It will be a busy period, and I’m grateful that Luis will be available to advise me as I settle in. Luis and I have worked together in some capacity for a long time - since he first came on at the Wikimedia Foundation as Deputy General Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation in 2013. I was immediately impressed by his understanding of and enthusiasm for the open culture movement. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with him in the last few months and am very happy to have the opportunity to continue consulting him during this transition. He will be missed. Community Engagement will be holding an office hour on February 12 at 1900 UTC to talk about the department, its teams, and our current divisions of work, as well as what we will (and should) be looking for in our new lead for Community Engagement. We want to move on this job search quickly, but it’s critical that we find the right person for the role. :) I realize that office hours are not the best form of communication for everyone; based on the office hour and other questions or feedback we may receive, we will also be putting together some information for posting on Meta with the goal of getting that up later next week or early the week thereafter. If you have suggestions for what that page should include, or questions, please let me know! I am, as mentioned, likely to be pretty busy for a little while, but keeping people informed is a high priority. :) Best, Maggie  For more on office hours and localized times: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=19&min=00&sec=0&day=12&month=02&year=2016 On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 3:31 PM, Luis Villa <lvi...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > Hi, all- > This is a bittersweet email to send. I still, and will always, love this > place and this movement, but it was also time for me to go. > > Working with so many awesome Wikimedians (including WMF's staff) has been > an honor and a privilege, and has given me many great experiences, > memories, and a long watchlist ;) that I'll treasure for a long time. The > list of people who I'd like to thank is long, so I won't bore everyone with > it. However, I do want to particularly thank Kat, who introduced me to > Geoff during his first week with WMF. That was ultimately the opportunity > that led me to this incredible ride - so I quite literally owe it all to > her. Many, many other people have been welcoming and friendly along the > way, and I can't ask formore than that. > > I'm not going too far! I'll continue to be around the movement, both as a > contributor, and to support Maggie and the rest of the department during > the transition. I look forward to seeing where Community Engagement goes > next - I believe the department will continue to support contributors in a > healthy way, and I'm sure Maggie and my long-term successor will continue > to build exciting things on the foundation we laid over the past year. > > Professionally, I have no firm plans yet. I plan to to take a few deep > breaths and then explore some new opportunities in the legal, community, > and tech spaces, as well as becoming a parent in May. > > If you want to be in touch (to talk about interesting opportunities, flame > me for old time's sake, or just chat) I'm pretty easy to find: lu.is, > @tieguy on Twitter, LinkedIn, and of course on my enwiki talk page. > > See you on the wikis- > Luis > > > On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 12:16 PM, Lila Tretikov <l...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > > > Dear all, > > > > > > I am sad to let you know that Luis Villa, our lead for the Community > > Engagement department, will be leaving the Wikimedia Foundation. A year > > ago, Luis took on a big challenge, transitioning from the Legal > Department > > to lead the newly created Community Engagement organization. In that > role, > > Luis and our teams were tasked with many recent community initiatives, > such > > as the creation of the Community Tech team, gender-related and > > anti-harassment programs, and improved alignment of WMF annual planning > > with the Funds Dissemination Committee. Prior to that, as Deputy General > > Counsel he was responsible for a number of legal initiatives, including > > licensing, contracts, and product counseling. I’m grateful for his > counsel, > > and his leadership in the WMF movement throughout these years. > > > > Later this month, Luis will transition out of his current position with > the > > Wikimedia Foundation to pursue other opportunities. He will remain in a > > consulting role with the Foundation over the next few months, continuing > to > > support our ongoing strategy and annual planning processes. > > > > I want to thank Luis for his commitment to the WMF mission, and for the > > inspired energy and contributions he has brought to our movement. I’m > > looking forward to his future accomplishments and staying in close touch > as > > he grows in his career. > > > > Maggie Dennis will step in as the interim director for the CE team > > effective immediately. Her deep community background, passion for our > > mission, and outstanding teamwork are great assets in this transition. > She > > will also continue to serve as Director of Support and Safety. Maggie is > a > > respected leader, colleague, and community member. I am confident she > will > > bring critical insights, especially now as we plan for our next year. > > > > The work of of the CE department will continue as planned, and the > overall > > structure of the department (including the Community Tech team, which > will > > continue to report into the Product organization) will stay on-course. > Our > > goal is to ensure a smooth transition as we continue our progress to > > improve the WMF support for our communities. > > > > It is my priority that the WMF continues to build upon the initiatives we > > started in 2015 in support for the global Wikimedia community. Continued > > leadership of the Community Engagement department at executive level in > the > > WMF is a part of delivering on those commitments. We will be looking to > > fill the Community Engagement leadership role with someone with a strong > > background in community programs, and an understanding of the Wikimedia > > movement. We will also look to engage with you to find the right person > for > > this role. We will send an update on the next steps and the job > description > > shortly, which will include a further discussion of the role on-wiki. > > > > > > Lila > > _______________________________________________ > > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > > New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > > > > > -- > Luis Villa > Sr. Director of Community Engagement > Wikimedia Foundation > *Working towards a world in which every single human being can freely share > in the sum of all knowledge.* > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > -- Maggie Dennis Director, Support and Safety Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>