Such great news! Welcome, Ryan!
*Itzik Edri* Chairperson (volunteer) it...@wikimedia.org.il +972-54-5878078 On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 1:02 AM Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org> 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: > > https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2019/08/13/wikimedia-foundation-welcomes-ryan-merkley-as-chief-of-staff-to-the-office-of-the-executive-director > > -- > > Katherine Maher (she/her) > > Executive Director > > Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/> > _______________________________________________ > Please note: all replies sent to this mailing list will be immediately > directed to Wikimedia-l, the public mailing list of the Wikimedia > community. For more information about Wikimedia-l: > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l > _______________________________________________ > WikimediaAnnounce-l mailing list > wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaannounce-l > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>