Hello,

Eileen has been a great support to me at Consumer Reports in doing
Wikimedia projects with in New York City.  Many Wikimedia community members
take for granted that organizations can easily engage in Wikimedia
projects, but actually, if an organization attempts a collaboration with
Wikipedia then all sorts of unexpected challenges arise. I think that it is
great that the Wikimedia Foundation is taking a lawyer who has seen the
other side and knows what it is like to be in an organization which wishes
to do things on-wiki, but encounters barriers and has many questions.

Eileen's essential help with Wikipedia at Consumer Reports has been my
major interaction with her but I know her to be well regarded from many
perspectives. I am thrilled that the WMF has brought on someone with a long
history of advocacy in consumer nonprofit media and whose values match
those of the Wikimedia community as I understand it.

Best wishes -


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*Lane Rasberry*
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On Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 9:33 AM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I am writing to share some news about the leadership of our Legal
> department at the Wikimedia Foundation. Over the last eight months, we’ve
> worked to identify a permanent General Counsel for the Wikimedia
> Foundation. I am delighted to share that we have found a new General
> Counsel, Eileen Hershenov.  I am sad to say that our respected colleague
> and friend Michelle Paulson has decided this is a good time to move on to
> something new.
>
> *Michelle moving on*
>
> Michelle Paulson, who has been serving as interim General Counsel, has
> decided that after nine years it is time to move on from the Wikimedia
> Foundation. Michelle has made her mark here: she served as interim General
> Counsel twice; created our legal fellowship program, pushed to make key
> policies more user-friendly and aligned with our core values; protected the
> office, organization, and volunteers from threats; helped built a new
> Foundation public policy program; vigorously and passionately defended the
> privacy and security of our users; advocated for truly inclusive policies
> and recruiting practices; and acted as a steadfast voice and advocate for
> the values which make our movement possible.
>
> Michelle’s brilliance, humor, professionalism, and determination have
> fundamentally shaped our organization and movement. We will miss her
> immensely, and I look forward to seeing what she will achieve in the name
> of justice, equity, openness, and opportunity.
>
> *Eileen Hershenov joining our movement*
>
> Today I would like to introduce you to Eileen Hershenov, who will join us
> as General Counsel on May 8th.
>
> Eileen has nearly 30 years of experience in media and intellectual property
> law, as well as in civil rights and civil liberties law, not-for-profit law
> and governance, and privacy and cyber-security. She is passionately
> committed to values that make our movement possible: free expression,
> access to knowledge, freedom of association and an internet that embodies
> the open-source movement and that resists censorship and surveillance.
> Throughout her career, she has applied these values to her work with a
> unique focus on grassroots organizing and advocacy.
>
> Previously, Eileen served as Vice President and General Counsel for
> Consumers Union, the not-for-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine
> and ConsumerReports.org, for 10 years. In that role, she worked with tens
> of thousands of volunteers in the organization’s advocacy programs. Before
> Consumer Reports she spent 11 years at the Open Society Foundations, where
> she served as the General Counsel to the global foundation network,
> overseeing the legal work of the foundations in close to 40 countries
> across the globe.
>
> Eileen was also the founding general counsel for the Central European
> University,[1] the first U.S.-accredited liberal arts university located in
> a former Communist country. She has worked for the American Civil Liberties
> Union and the NOW Legal Defense Fund. Most recently, she has been working
> at Miller Korzenik Sommers Rayman LLP, a media law firm, and serving on the
> boards of a number of public interest justice organizations.
>
> *Next steps*
>
> Eileen is based in New York City, and will relocate to San Francisco with
> her family this summer. Until then, she will be commuting to the office
> starting in May to begin work with the Legal team.
>
> Transitions can feel uncertain, but I know that this movement is one that
> is welcoming and appreciative of what new colleagues bring to our efforts.
> We had hoped Michelle would stay with us as Deputy General Counsel, but
> after nine years I think we all can appreciate the desire for a wikibreak
> (and rumors of a new puppy!). In the meantime, Eileen and Michelle are
> working together to ensure that we have a smooth transition and no balls
> get dropped. I am so grateful to Michelle for her generosity of time,
> attention, and care in working to make sure this transition supports the
> Legal team, the Foundation, and the movement.
>
> We will publish a formal public announcement closer to Eileen’s first day.
> Until then, please join me in welcoming Eileen and thanking Michelle for
> her years of commitment to our movement.
>
> Yours,
> Katherine
>
> --
> Katherine Maher
>
> Wikimedia Foundation
> 149 New Montgomery Street
> San Francisco, CA 94105
>
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> +1 (415) 712 4873
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