I think this is a brilliant idea, both personally and professionally. I'm
incredibly thrilled that I'll be (continuing to) work under Katherine.


On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 11:15 PM, Rosemary Rein <rr...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Thank you Katherine for your service and leadership  at this critical
> junction for the organization and our community.
> Rosemary
> On Mar 10, 2016 6:56 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
> _______________________________________________
> Wmfall mailing list
> wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wmfall

Ed Erhart
Editorial Associate
Wikimedia Foundation
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: 
New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, 

Reply via email to