Wow. Luis, I've had the pleasure of meeting you a few times and you'll be
sorely missed.

Maggie, I've known you for quite a while and can't think of anyone better
to step into this role. I've no doubt you'll do great.


*Steven Crossin*
* <>*

On 10 February 2016 at 13:37, Florence Devouard <> wrote:

> Really sorry to hear about your departure Luis. You will be missed.
> I wish you the best and congrats for the little baby !
> Florence
> Le 08/02/16 21:31, Luis Villa a écrit :
> 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:,
>> @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 <>
>> 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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