Thank you for your contributions to Wikimedia and the Wikimedia movement,

Regards, Scott

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 5:31 PM Traci Sigmon <> wrote:

> That sounds like an incredible opportunity, Victoria. It was great working
> with you here and hope to cross paths again!
> Traci
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> Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> sum of all knowledge.  That's our commitment and you can help continue to
> make it a reality:
> > On Jan 10, 2019, at 6:29 PM, Victoria Coleman <>
> wrote:
> >
> > Dear all,
> >
> > I have some difficult news to share.
> >
> > A few months ago and completely out of the blue, an opportunity came up
> for me to exercise the full spectrum of my skills as the CEO of an early
> stage mission oriented startup. It has been a mighty struggle between my
> commitment to my team, the Foundation and  the movement and this
> opportunity to bring all my skills to bear and build something from the
> ground up to do good in the world. I will not lie to you - it has not been
> easy. But ultimately I decided that I have to give it a go and I accepted
> the offer. I plan on starting there on Feb 4th so my last day at the
> Foundation will be Feb 1st.
> >
> > These past two years have been amongst the most enjoyable in my
> professional career. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the movement and what
> fuels it and I’ve been incredibly privileged to work with a Tech team like
> no other. We have together strengthened the technical infrastructure of the
> movement and while much work remains to be done we have a much stronger
> team in place to take the mission to the next level. And I have personally
> made friendships that will last a lifetime.
> >
> > The organization I will be moving to is Atlas AI, a public benefit
> corporation supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. I will be leading an
> exceptional team of AI and earth system science experts striving for
> improvements in human well being through data driven insights. Our focus
> areas are drawn from the UN’s sustainable development goals of no poverty
> and zero hunger with emphasis on Sub Saharan Africa.
> >
> > I leave behind a Technology department that I am certain is well on the
> way to achieving our vision to create the infrastructure for the free
> knowledge movement. I am also pleased that during my tenure, we have built
> leaders who are equipped to take on this challenge.
> >
> > Erika Bjune will be serving as interim CTO. Erika joined us a little
> over two years ago and she has distinguished  herself as one of the finest
> people leaders I have ever worked with. Both she and Katherine will have my
> ongoing support — I will stay on in a consulting role to Erika on
> organizational matters and for the mid term planning work we have ahead of
> us in the remainder of the fiscal year.  I know that I am leaving the Tech
> team in good hands until a permanent CTO is hired.
> >
> > I want to close this difficult message with my heartfelt thanks to all
> of you for letting me be part of this incredible movement. Being a
> Wikimedian is a great privilege. I wanted you to know that I’m not walking
> away from something; I am walking towards  something that is very
> important to me and the world. I will miss you all. Deeply. Truly. And a
> lot!
> >
> >
> > Victoria
> >
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