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,[1] “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,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]
> 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
>
> [1] https://twitter.com/nightrose/status/660043284841107457
> [2]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Combined_strategy_and_annual_plan_timeline
> [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Draft_WMF_Strategy
> [4] 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
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