All the best to Maggie as she steps into this new role, and Luis as he
figures out what comes next.

Sydney

Sydney Poore
User:FloNight
Wikipedian in Residence
at Cochrane Collaboration

On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 3:44 PM, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> 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
>
>
> [1] 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
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> >
> >
> > --
> > 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.*
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