Congrats Ryan & all my best wishes, thanks Katherine for the update.

Best Regards,
(U: Marajozkee)
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> On 13-Aug-2019, at 10:15 PM, Katherine Maher <> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I’m excited to let you all know that Ryan Merkley, formerly CEO of Creative 
> Commons, is joining the Wikimedia Foundation as my new chief of staff. 
> Many of you have met Ryan before -- at CC Summit, Wikimania, Wikimedia 
> Summit, or MozFest. He’s a leader in open source, open knowledge, and 
> free-culture communities, and for the past five years, he’s been the CEO of 
> Creative Commons, initiating programs like CC search to index all 1.6 billion 
> licensed works online. He’s passionate about the power of the commons, and 
> the role that everyone can play in making it sustainable and open to all. I 
> couldn’t be happier he’s now bringing this passion and experience to our 
> movement.
> In Ryan’s own words, “My heart has always been in open communities, and  the 
> power of collective acts --  that is, the things that people can only do when 
> they work together, like building a commons of free knowledge for every 
> person.”
> For now, Ryan’s two top priorities will be bolstering the work of the 
> movement strategy team and supporting the Board. He’ll support the strategy 
> core team to move the Working Group recommendations into implementation 
> within the community and Foundation over the course of the coming year. He’ll 
> also serve as Board liaison to the Board of Trustees, strengthening the 
> connections, communications, and coordination between Trustees and the 
> Foundation. Internally, he’ll support the office of the Executive Director, 
> acting in my stead on various projects.
> I’m excited by this new role for an old friend of the open community. Ryan 
> knows our movement well. He has spent many hours with many Wikimedians, and 
> understands the centrality of the community to the Wikimedia mission and 
> identity. His background as a partner to Wikimedia, and a leader in the 
> broader open movement will be invaluable to our work, and confirmation of the 
> importance of community experience in Foundation leadership.
> Ryan doesn’t start in his new role until Monday, September 16th. However, he 
> will be at Wikimania, so for those of you attending, please say hi, and join 
> me in welcoming him to Wikimedia! 
> Katherine
> P.S. This announcement can also be found on our news page: 
> -- 
> Katherine Maher (she/her)
> Executive Director 
> Wikimedia Foundation 
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