Katherine, Welcome, and best of luck in your new role. I'm very pleased indeed to hear that it will be you to fill it.
Todd On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 7:59 PM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > Thank you, Patricio. > > I want to thank the Board for this opportunity, and for their confidence in > the Foundation. I also want to thank community members and staff for > continuing to be such committed advocates for our future -- your passion > and belief in our movement and purpose have been tremendous things to > behold. > > As a movement, we’ve had some challenges lately. We’ve started on a process > of change, but as Lydia Pintscher (User:Lydia Pintscher (WMDE)) recently > reminded us, “Change happens at the speed of trust.” We will need to > work together over these coming months to build that trust, and open > critical lines of communication and accountability. I get the sense from > many people that that’s exactly what they’d like to do: absorb the lessons > we’ve learned, re-engage with each other, and get back to advancing our > global movement. > > At the Foundation, we have an opportunity to center around our values, and > practice open and collaborative communication. During the interim period, I > want to get things working well and improve transparency and communication, > both internally and with the communities. We will work to create a > supportive, fair environment where people can get things done, engage with > their colleagues and community members, and understand how their work has > an impact on our mission. This includes delivering on important deadlines > for the Annual Plan and strategy, filling key roles, and making progress > on issues raised in our recent engagement survey. > > We are committed to delivering the first version of the 2016-2017 Annual > Plan no later than April 1st for community and FDC review, and are on track > to meet this deadline. The WMF 2016-2018 strategy development is also > underway, with a draft version open for comments until March 18. Over > the coming weeks, we’ll be moving forward with our Chief Technology Officer > (CTO) search, and working with the Talent and Culture team to reinvest in > our culture. As new other emerge, we’ll work together to prioritize them. > > To accomplish all of this, we are going to need your help. I want to hear > from you about what you would like to achieve in this interim period. This > includes how we can collaborate together to prepare the organization and > movement to welcome our next Executive Director. The Foundation is prepared > to actively support the Board in the search, and we will work closely with > them to share important information and create opportunities to give > feedback throughout the process. > > Just a few weeks ago, we marked the 15th birthday of the movement. > Millions of people around the world shared their love for Wikimedia. It was > a celebration of why we do what we do, and how much joy the movement brings > people everywhere. That’s something I try to keep in mind every day. > > Yours sincerely, > Katherine > >  https://twitter.com/nightrose/status/660043284841107457 >  > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Combined_strategy_and_annual_plan_timeline >  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Draft_WMF_Strategy >  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15 > > On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 6:55 PM, Patricio Lorente < > patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > Hello all, > > > > I’m happy to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation leadership team has > > proposed an interim Executive Director, and the Board has given our full > > support. Starting on March 14th, current Chief Communications Officer > > Katherine Maher (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Katherine_(WMF)) > > will step into the role of interim Executive Director. We thank the > > C-levels for their careful consideration in this process, and Katherine > for > > stepping up during this period of transition. > > > > In choosing an interim ED, the C-levels started by identifying immediate > > priorities for the coming months, including building trust, improving > > communications, and filling key leadership positions. They felt, and we > > agree, that Katherine is the right person to lead the organization while > it > > addresses these and other important issues. Additionally, this will allow > > the rest of the executive team to focus on critical organizational > > functions, including community and engineering management, fundraising, > and > > strengthening our human resources function. You can read more about our > > process and thinking here: > > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/March_2016_-_Leadership_Team_transition_planning > > > > > > Katherine has been with the Foundation as Chief Communications Officer > for > > about two years now. During that time, she has developed a versatile and > > effective team that serves the needs of the organization and movement, > > collaborating closely with other departments and the community. She has > > thoughtfully introduced new capacities and led her team through > > transitions, and played a critical role in shepherding the strategy > process > > and the annual plan, in collaboration with other C-levels. She is known > for > > listening to and empowering the people that she works with. > > > > For those who don’t know Katherine, she’s been a longtime advocate for > > global open communities, culture, and technology. She previously led > > advocacy for the international digital rights organization Access Now, > > where she worked on freedom of expression, access to information, and > > privacy. She has supported the efforts of citizens and governments around > > the world to deepen transparency and participation in her roles at the > > World Bank, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and > > UNICEF (where her team built wikis for youth participation in major > global > > issues). She is a member of the advisory board of the Open Technology > Fund. > > > > With interim leadership in place, our next step as the Board is to move > > quickly to plan and implement the search for a permanent Executive > > Director. We will be working together over the coming weeks to clarify > > roles and responsibilities in this search, and identify the best way for > > community and staff to participate. We want this process to be inclusive > > and incorporate many voices. We look forward to sharing an update on our > > progress toward the end of next week. > > > > As interim Executive Director, Katherine will report to the Board. Geoff > > Brigham will continue serving as Board Secretary, and Jaime Villagomez as > > Board Treasurer, reporting to the Board in those capacities. As of March > > 14, Katherine's reports include the C-team: Geoff Brigham, Jaime > > Villagomez, Maggie Dennis, Lisa Gruwell, Joady Lohr, and Wes Moran. The > > Communications team will continue to report to Katherine for the time > > being, with support from the leadership of Juliet Barbara and Heather > > Walls. > > > > Thank you, > > > > Patricio > > > > Translation notice - This message is available for translation on > > Meta-Wiki: > > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/10_March_2010_-_Wikimedia_Foundation_executive_transition_update > > -- > > > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > > Wmfall mailing list > > wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org > > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wmfall > > > > > > > -- > Katherine Maher > Chief Communications Officer > Wikimedia Foundation > 149 New Montgomery Street > San Francisco, CA 94105 > > +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635 > +1 (415) 712 4873 > kma...@wikimedia.org > _______________________________________________ > 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>