Congrats Katherine!  This is certainly welcome news. :)

On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 9:10 AM, Victor Grigas <vgri...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> What a good message to wake up to!
>
> I'd like to politely suggest along with any decision making ahead, that
> the board please leave the door open to considering Katherine as permanent
> executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 5:36 AM, Tanweer Morshed <wiki.tanw...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Congratulations to Katherine for taking up the responsibility! And at the
>> same time, thanks to the Board and C-levels for coming up with a
>> thoughtful
>> and acceptable decision.
>> It's great to see someone taking up the charge, who has been involved with
>> the movement for a long time.
>>
>>
>> Regards,
>> Tanweer
>>
>> On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 4:25 PM, Nicole Ebber <nicole.eb...@wikimedia.de>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Congratulations, Katherine, and thank you for taking on this
>> > responsibility! I am glad to read all those congrats and wonderful
>> > emails from people involved.
>> >
>> > And thank you to the C-level team and Board for making this decision,
>> > and for making it quickly and transparent.
>> >
>> > I look forward to working with you, and to warmly welcoming you in
>> > Berlin in April!
>> >
>> > Cheers,
>> > Nicole
>> >
>> > On 11 March 2016 at 11:18, David Parreño Mont <david.parr...@gmail.com>
>> > wrote:
>> > > OMG! Many congratulations, Katherine!
>> > >
>> > > El dv., 11 març 2016 a les 4:00, Katherine Maher (<
>> kma...@wikimedia.org
>> > >)
>> > > va escriure:
>> > >
>> > >> 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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>> > >>
>> > >>
>> > >> --
>> > >> 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
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