On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 6:50 PM, MZMcBride <z...@mzmcbride.com> wrote:
> Patricio Lorente wrote:
>>We’ve heard your questions and want to address them broadly, as well as
>>provide more information about the breakdown of Sue’s compensation during
>>this time.
> Thank you for this e-mail.
>>One point of confusion is for the period this compensation covers. This is
>>reasonable, this confused even some of us involved in preparing this
>>response. Although the majority of activities reported on the Form 990
>>cover the Foundation’s fiscal year (specifically, the six months between
>>July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015), the IRS requires that details about
>>compensation for certain highly-paid individuals are for the full calendar
>>year in which the fiscal year begins or ends.
> This parenthetical confused me. Six months from July 2014 to June 2015?
>>(2) Retention bonus to compensate Sue for lost opportunities during the
>>transition period: $165,000.
> This is the key piece that I think most people didn't understand or
> realize. Was this information published anywhere previously (e.g., in the
> Board minutes)? I wouldn't expect to see an exact amount, of course, but
> this is a pretty substantial amount of donor money, so I'd expect at least
> a "we approved a retention bonus for special advisor Sue Gardner"-type
> notice somewhere, typically on wikimediafoundation.org.
>>Sue’s special advisor status with the Foundation ended on May 31, 2016,
>>and she is no longer on contract with the Foundation or receiving any
>>compensation from it.
> I can't help but think about the tempestuous past year that the Wikimedia
> Foundation has had, including issues with Sue's immediate successor.

I left the board in the middle of this process, so I was present for
part of the discussions around what would happen but not all of it,
and my understanding may be out of date.

The understanding I left with is that the Special Advisor role would
be created and would be paid regardless of whether she was actually
being consulted--so that the outgoing ED would continue to reserve
time to be available, and the new ED would not have a financial
incentive to end the relationship early. However, this doesn't
guarantee that the relationship would continue to any significant
degree, only that the consulting time was already reserved and paid


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