Welcome aboard, Ryan! Good to have you with us.

Warm regards,

K.

On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 10:55 AM Isaac Olatunde <reachout2is...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Good news Katherine. I wish you all the best in your new role Merkley.
>
> Regards,
>
> Isaac
>
> On Thu, Aug 15, 2019, 8:56 AM Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
> it...@wikimedia.org.il wrote:
>
> > 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
> > >
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