Anders said it all. This announcement is so many kind of cool I don't
know where to begin. So just YAY! Thanks for the initiative, thanks
for volunteering.


On 16 August 2016 at 20:57, Anders Wennersten <> wrote:
> I joined the movement in 2007. I was then overwhelmed by the beauty and
> strength of the concept and the content in the projects. But at the same
> time I was underwhelmed by the support structure behind. Even if Delphine
> and Brion were good in talking with everyone and fixing technique and
> Florence in chairing the operations, it was surely not up to the needs.
> For me a milestone in getting a professional support structure in place was
> in 2012, when the Haifa agreement was realized and the FDC (and
> narrowing-focus) got in place. FDC was as fascinating for me as the base
> concept of the projects and as much true to the values of the movement. And
> besides the clever colleagues in the committee I got to know  some truly
> admirable individuals, like Kate Welsh, Garfield, Gayle and of course
> Anasuya (and a little later Katy and Bishakha). Sometimes I feel that in the
> movement there are the best people you can find anywhere. But at the same
> time there were underwhelming issues, like a partly dysfunctional Board and
> that WMF operations was neither properly working nor reviewed (by FDC).
> I now see that in 2016 a new milestone is being passed when the movement (at
> last) gets a professional support structure on par with the needs.  I
> perceive the tech org now working well and user driven, that the budget
> process now has been run professional and that there is a good management
> team in place for the running of WMF. And after seeing a lot of good
> initiatives around the working of the Board where this announcement is the
> thing that get the keyelement in place,  I also believe the Board is now up
> to become as professional as is needed for the movement. And the joy of
> seeing the names of many of my all time favourites back (in part also in
> FDC) is profound.
> Welcome all of you and looking forward to read of the resolutions from this
> enhanced BGC
> Anders
> Den 2016-08-16 kl. 15:47, skrev Nataliia Tymkiv:
>> Dear all,
>> I am honestly delighted to announce the results of the public call for
>> Board Governance committee volunteer and Advisory members, announced on
>> July 15, 2016  [1]. We received nine applications, and after discussing
>> them with BGC and reviewing the committee's needs and interviewing a short
>> list of candidates,I have chosen five volunteer advisory members for the
>> committee. I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone who offered to serve
>> on
>> the committee.
>> Please find below a short introduction for our new volunteer advisory
>> members. They are all quite well known in the movement and I think their
>> insights would be helpful. They join the Committee once they sign the
>> documents that Stephen LaPorte, our Interim Secretary, sent to them (the
>> same ones as the Board members sign - the confidentiality agreement
>> <>
>> , code of conduct
>> <>
>> , conflict of interest disclosure
>> <>).
>> === Gayle Karen Young ===
>> Gayle Karen Young is a WMF's former Chief Talent and Culture office. In
>> her
>> time at Wikimedia, she was accountable for building the current HR team
>> and
>> had an active hand in board development and staffed the board HR
>> committee.
>> She brings experience with the Wikimedia movement, with the workings of
>> the
>> Foundation, and through her own consulting work in leadership and board
>> development with organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit
>> space,
>> and in technology and human rights.
>> === Kat Walsh ===
>> Kat Walsh is a former member of Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees,
>> 12/2006-8/2013 (Chair, 2012-2013; Executive Secretary, 2009-2010). Now she
>> works as an attorney specializing in copyright, Internet law, and free and
>> open source software.
>> === Tim Moritz Hector ===
>> Tim Moritz Hector is Chair of the Board of Wikimedia Deutschland since
>> 2014. Tim has been an active Wikimedian for more than eight years and was
>> engaged in several positions on national and international level. His most
>> recent engagement (with Frans Grijzenhout from WMNL) is focussed on
>> building the capacities of board members in all Wikimedia-organizations.
>> He
>> is going to finish his B.A. in politics and german philology this month
>> and
>> shall work as an advisor to the ED at the "Academy for volunteerism" in
>> Berlin beginning in September.
>> === Ido Ivry ===
>> Ido Ivry is a board member of Wikimedia Israel. He has extensive NGO
>> experience, as well as business understanding, both in large corporates,
>> NGOs, GLAM institution (National Library of Israel), and is currently a
>> CTO
>> in his own startup, developing open data solutions for city governments.
>> Ido has been active on the Grants Advisory Committee and as part of the
>> Simple APG Committee, working with many organizations in our movement on
>> carrying out their missions successfully and effectively.
>> === Ira B. Matetsky (User:Newyorkbrad) ===
>> Ira Brad Matetsky (User:Newyorkbrad) is a long-time editor, administrator,
>> and former arbitrator on English Wikipedia as well as a board member of
>> Wikimedia New York City.  Professionally, he has been a litigation
>> attorney
>> in New York City since 1987.  He has broad experience with board and
>> community governance issues, best practices, and legal requirements from
>> serving with and representing a number of organizations.
>> [1]
>> Best regards,
>> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
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