Hi all,

It seems two extra characters made their way into the end of the Wikimedia 
Space link. Here is the correct link, in case you’d like to leave your question 
there: 
https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/t/wikimedia-foundation-chief-of-community-engagement-to-leave-the-foundation/2194
 
<https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/t/wikimedia-foundation-chief-of-community-engagement-to-leave-the-foundation/2194>


Thanks,
Elena

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Elena Lappen (she/her)
Community Relations Specialist 
Wikimedia Foundation 



> On Nov 15, 2019, at 3:36 PM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> 
> Hello everyone,
> 
> I am writing to let you know that Val D’Costa, Chief Community Engagement
> Officer, is leaving the Wikimedia Foundation. I also want to share some
> changes we’re making around how the Foundation organizes staff in the
> Community Engagement department.
> 
> Val joined us last January, bringing nearly three decades of experience
> launching and growing international initiatives in emerging markets. With
> the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy as a guide, Val and her team drafted
> an ambitious new vision for the work of Community Engagement—focused on
> decentralization of power and resources, safe and welcoming spaces,
> equitable collaboration, increased language and cultural fluency, dedicated
> programs for groups such as women and young people, and expansive
> partnerships in service of free knowledge.
> 
> With this vision in hand, Val and I both see this as the right juncture for
> her to move on to her next professional challenge. While she will be
> leaving the position of Chief of Community Engagement, she will remain on
> as a consultant to me for a brief period.
> 
> I am deeply appreciative of Val’s time with us at the Foundation and want
> to thank her for the contributions she has made to the Wikimedia movement.
> She has been a passionate and persuasive advocate for our mission and
> pushed us to expand our vision of what could be possible for our movement.
> I wish her the absolute best in what she does next.
> 
> *== What comes next for Community Engagement ==*
> 
> I'll be direct -- we are making changes to the CE department structure.
> 
> We will not be starting a search for a new Chief of Community Engagement.
> Instead, over the course of the next few weeks, the seven teams currently
> within the Community Engagement (CE) department will be integrated into the
> Foundation’s other departments. By January, all of the teams will have
> joined their new departments, and “Community Engagement” will no longer be
> a standalone department.
> 
> The teams currently in CE will be integrated with other Foundation
> departments aligned with executive leadership goals and based on  their
> scope and focus, as well as how they might grow in the future. Some of
> these alignments are intuitive, such as Trust & Safety returning to the
> Legal department; others might not be immediately apparent.
> 
> *== What does this mean for your work?  ==*
> 
> Although we have a good sense of which teams will integrate with which
> departments, we are still meeting with the individual teams to work on the
> specific details of the transition. Our focus is on continuity for existing
> community programs and support for Foundation staff in making this change.
> You may hear from staff seeking input on those arrangements, and I want to
> thank you in advance for any feedback you may have.
> 
> We expect to wrap up these conversations in early December, to begin
> transitions in mid-December, and for the transitions to be completed by the
> beginning of January, at which point we’ll be able to share an overview of
> the new arrangements in full.
> 
> The work of the Community Engagement teams will remain the same throughout
> this period of transition. For example, if you need something from Trust &
> Safety or Community Resources, they’ll continue to be here to work with
> you. If you have a project or program underway with a CE team or staff
> member, that work will also continue. If you have any questions, please
> feel free to reach out to Greg Varnum at gvar...@wikimedia.org or leave
> your question in Wikimedia Space [1] and we’ll make sure we find an answer
> to your question.
> 
> *== Why are we making this change? ==*
> 
> The Community Engagement department has grown and evolved since it was
> created in 2015. We have brought in people with an increasingly diverse set
> of skills and backgrounds and introduced new support for additional
> languages, geographies, and areas of work, such as community health.
> 
> While this has helped the Foundation come a long way in addressing the
> needs of the movement, it has also created complexity. The breadth of
> activities and competencies now supported by the department is quite
> large—today, we have people working on issues as diverse as GLAM collection
> management, participatory grantmaking, and contributor safety—and
> increasingly, across many geographies, cultures, and languages.
> 
> This has created challenges for how we effectively coordinate such a range
> of specializations, how we assess their efficacy and impact against our
> mission. At the same time, as the Foundation has grown, we have developed
> capacities in other departments who will be good partners to those serving
> our community mission.
> 
> In making these changes, we see an opportunity to align the functions of
> the Foundation with the future of the mission and movement, and better
> serve long-time contributors and emerging communities alike. Over time, we
> anticipate these new arrangements will deepen the understanding of
> community efforts among all Foundation staff and programs, integrate
> community perspective across program design and support, and open up space
> for bold and fresh thinking about how to move our movement forward.
> 
> *== What about the future? ==*
> 
> Some people may be wondering, what does this mean for the proposed work in
> the Annual or Medium Term plans, or the planned restructure of the
> Community Engagement department to a new regional approach?
> 
> We remain fully committed to the work and goals of the Medium Term Plan.
> For example, although Val was not able to attend Indaba to celebrate with
> the African community, our COO and Deputy General Counsel, Janeen Uzzell
> and Tony Sebro, both attended.
> 
> The planned restructure and expansion of CE was intended to help us support
> the community in achieving these goals. This includes the MTP’s focus on
> building a thriving movement, increasing community health and diversity,
> and growing among new languages, regions, and audiences. We set these goals
> as part of our interpretation of the Movement Strategy, and they will
> remain our focus for the medium term.
> 
> I still believe we need to make many of these changes, as well as be
> prepared for further changes that may arise from the recommendations of the
> Movement Strategy Working Groups. We see a future that could include
> improved regional support, and expanded programmatic support for emerging
> communities, whether those are new languages, geographies, or areas of
> practice.
> 
> However, we are putting those plans on hold for the next few weeks, while
> we focus is on supporting the existing teams through this transition. I
> want us to make sure that goes well, before turning our attention to the
> future. That said, I fully expect to resume work on how we expand our
> support for these critical new areas in the first quarter of the new
> calendar year.
> 
> == Final thoughts ==
> 
> I want to be absolutely clear that these changes are in no way an
> indication that the Foundation is decreasing our commitment to support for
> the movement. I hope you see how this offers an opportunity to do the exact
> opposite—to set us up to support the movement in the best way we can.
> 
> For those with an interest in Wikimedia history, it’s worth noting that the
> Foundation has taken many different shapes over the years. In 2014, teams
> focused on community support were embedded in other departments. At the
> time, we were much smaller, and our ability to truly engage with the full
> breadth of the movement was more limited. In 2019, the community engagement
> teams are better resourced, more global, and more representative of the
> movement (although there’s always space for continued improvement).
> 
> We see this as the right moment to integrate the perspectives, experiences,
> and skills of these teams across the Foundation, ensuring that support for
> the movement is woven into all the Foundation’s work. As Wikimedians, we
> know change is a constant—and it is through change that we often do our
> best work, solve our hardest problems, and find our new path forward. Thank
> you in advance as we take this next step to support the future of our
> movement.
> 
> Sincerely,
> Katherine
> 
> [1]
> https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/t/wikimedia-foundation-chief-of-community-engagement-to-leave-the-foundation/2194--
> 
> Katherine Maher (she/her)
> 
> Executive Director
> 
> Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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