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