Fantastic news.  Welcome, Amanda.  :)  SJ

On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 1:07 PM Katherine Maher <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I know I’ve sent several announcements to this list in recent months
> regarding new members of the Wikimedia Foundation’s executive team. Today,
> I’m excited to send the last in this series, and officially welcome Amanda
> Keton as General Counsel to the Wikimedia Foundation. Amanda will be
> starting on October 7, based in San Diego.
> Amanda has dedicated her career to many of the same values we share as a
> movement. She joins us from the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, where
> she served as General Counsel. Tides is a U.S.-based public foundation that
> distributes donor-advised grants and investments with the mission of
> building a world of shared prosperity and social justice. Tides was a
> partner for us in 2016 as we established our endowment, which remains
> hosted at Tides. Amanda also served as Head of Tides Foundation and People
> Operations and the CEO of Tides Advocacy,  the policy affiliate in the
> Tides family of organizations.
> Before her work at Tides, Amanda worked for Ernst & Young providing
> nonprofit organizations with consulting, advisory, and compliance
> services.  She currently serves on the Network for Good board and has
> previously served on a number of other boards dedicated to equity and
> justice.
> In Amanda's words, "My work in nonprofits and the values I developed as a
> social justice advocate make me especially excited to contribute to
> Wikimedia in its next phase of growth. I want to be part of ensuring that
> everyone finds a sense of belonging in the free knowledge movement, and
> together we serve and defend it exceptionally well. After living in the Bay
> Area for 11 years, my family and I recently moved to San Diego to be closer
> to family, as we welcomed our son in August. I am always on a quest to find
> the perfect playground, a new author to binge read, or a fresh recipe to
> try."
> Wikimedia always has been unique in the centrality of legal work as a
> strategic aspect of our movement. From the first days of the Foundation,
> our legal team has helped defend the Wikimedia communities and the
> integrity of free knowledge. They work closely with the community to
> advocate on behalf of open licensing, freedom of expression, net
> neutrality, privacy, and other critical enabling elements of our mission.
> I expect the importance of our legal and policy work to continue as we
> work toward 2030. Today we see expanding government censorship and
> increased infringements on access to knowledge around the globe. We see
> threats to community members on the ground, and threats to the integrity of
> information online. Our ability to engage proactively on these issues,
> through strategic counsel, policy and advocacy, and impactful litigation
> will continue to grow in importance to the Wikimedia mission. I’m excited
> for Amanda to lead the Foundation’s accomplished Legal department as we go
> forward.
> I also want to take a moment to personally thank and acknowledge Tony
> Sebro for his excellent work serving as interim General Counsel and
> Secretary to the Board of Trustees while we searched to fill the position
> permanently. Tony was a deft and thoughtful partner in addressing issues
> ranging from copyright policy to malicious DDOS attacks to board
> governance, and a valued voice on the Foundation’s leadership team. Amanda
> will continue to work closely with Tony as he resumes the position of
> Deputy General Counsel.
> Please join me in welcoming Amanda to the Foundation!
> Katherine
> --
> Katherine Maher (she/her)
> Executive Director
> Wikimedia Foundation <>
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