Luis, I am very sorry to see you depart, and not only because I accept the blame for the introduction. :-) Thanks for everything you brought to WMF; I look forward to our continued path-crossing in the future.
-Kat On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 12:31 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> _______________________________________________ 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>