Welcome to Wikimedia, Selena. It is very good to see this role being filled
by someone with your level of experience - especially your experience in
the open source and free knowledge communities.

I am sure many people will be looking forward to meeting you and getting to
work with you, even those of us in the non-tech/non-product areas.


On Mon, 13 Jun 2022 at 13:24, Selena Deckelmann <sdeckelm...@wikimedia.org>

> Hello!
> I’m so excited to join you all, and I am grateful to Maryana and the many
> people I’ve met on my journey to today’s announcement. Thank you for this
> opportunity to introduce myself!
> My grandfather was a TV repairman and I grew up watching him tinker and
> fix things, but college was when I decided to explore electronics and
> computers. I started college thinking that I would play jazz violin and
> maybe get a chemistry degree! A year later, I’d learned about the Internet
> which resulted in skipping classes to install Linux from floppy disks, and
> landing a job at a help desk.
> My first programming language was TI-Basic
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TI-BASIC>, and my second was C++. I spent
> many years with Perl (I’ve had dreams in Perl!), SQL
> <https://www.reddit.com/r/SQL/comments/doukj2/is_sql_considered_codingprogramming/>
> and later Python, and I’ve dabbled with wikis, including Federated Wiki and
> MediaWiki. I admire Ursula Franklin
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursula_Franklin> and love her book The
> Real World of Technology.
> As I explored computers back in college, I felt compelled to share. The
> experience didn’t feel complete if I was alone. I vividly remember the
> people I connected with – who mentored me, who I wrote software with and
> who just listened. My love for the internet, its freedoms and
> connectedness, came from discovering a world of knowledge freely shared
> beyond anything I had imagined before.
> During my interviews with Wikimedia, I felt that strong connection again.
> I heard each person share their reasons for joining this movement and their
> hopes for its future – often in the form of very challenging questions!
> In the last few years, I’ve worked on problems at the intersection of
> Mozilla’s mission to help create an internet for the benefit of
> individuals, and its business. Very recently, this work resulted in
> shipping Total Cookie Protection, making several major changes to the UX of
> Firefox and launching a small advertising business called Firefox Suggest,
> designed with lean data practices from the start. I loved doing this work
> because of the difficulty of it, how intensely those involved had to work
> to understand one another and the communities they served, and that my
> pragmatic optimism had a part to play in getting things shipped.
> I also reflected on this moment in my own life: I grew up in Montana
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montana>, where I attended public school.
> I love talking about, reading about
> <https://www.caseyjohnston.net/ask-a-swole-woman-archive/2021/10/23/how-do-i-even-get-started-with-lifting-weights>
> and sometimes doing weightlifting. I’m hapa
> <https://www.janm.org/exhibits/hapa-me>, and I met the Chinese part of my
> family as an adult. I think privacy and freedom
> <https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2175406> are
> intimately connected, and that exercising freedoms is a good way to keep
> them. I’m married to a high school teacher, and I have two kids who love to
> crash video meetings, including my interviews with the Wikimedia
> Foundation.
> All of that, together, is why I’m joining the Foundation. Wikipedia is the
> promise of collaboration on the internet and the movement for free
> knowledge made good on, in practice not in theory. I believe that Wikimedia
> projects have successfully demonstrated a model that produces trustworthy
> knowledge, and have created a home on the internet that the world
> profoundly trusts. I want to help make and ship things to advance free
> knowledge using the skills I have, while also continuing to learn from this
> ever expanding community of people all around the world.
> I plan to follow Maryana’s lead, and will start by meeting many people to
> really understand what we collectively need to create a global, equitable
> and inclusive future for free knowledge.
> Although I will  join officially in August, I would love to hear from
> anyone interested in sharing directly with me at sdeckelm...@wikimedia.org
> .
> -selena
> On Mon, Jun 13, 2022 at 10:09 AM Maryana Iskander <miskan...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> When I started in January, I  shared with you that one of my top
>> priorities
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Chief_Executive_Officer/Maryana%E2%80%99s_Listening_Tour/My_Incoming_Priorities>
>> coming to the Wikimedia Foundation was to actively step in and support the
>> Foundation’s product and technology teams while we recruited executive
>> leadership of these mission critical functions with a new Chief Product and
>> Technology Officer.
>> I am delighted to introduce you to Selena Deckelmann, who will be joining
>> the Wikimedia Foundation on August 1. She is based in Portland, Oregon in
>> the United States.
>> Selena is currently the Senior Vice President at Mozilla, where she has
>> been for the last nine years. She leads the Firefox organization of more
>> than 400 people responsible for all Firefox product and technology
>> functions including desktop, mobile, web platform, and browser services.
>> I have gotten to know Selena over several months and also learned from
>> people who have worked with her over many years. She is known for
>> successfully driving change by getting stakeholders aligned around what’s
>> needed, and being seen as a trusted partner. Selena has built strong
>> credibility over many years with colleagues and also with a broader
>> developer community. She is described as a leader who can make the tough
>> decisions, develop skills, grow diverse contributors, and inspire teams.
>> She also has a great laugh and looks for joy in her work!
>> As context for the recruitment process: given the critical need to get
>> this right, we used two firms with global search expertise who
>> specialized in product/technology executive leadership roles. This meant
>> double the work, but allowed us to more quickly build a large, globally
>> diverse pool of over 500 candidates. Once we identified a smaller number of
>> finalists, they participated in real-life case studies of some of our
>> current challenges and met with Wikimedia stakeholders over the course of
>> many months.
>> As you all know, we have a highly unique and sometimes difficult
>> environment with a multifaceted mission, complex structure, and often
>> competing stakeholders. This is going to be a challenge for anyone,
>> especially given the steep learning curve at Wikimedia (which I can confirm
>> from my own experience!). I hope you will sign up to help me successfully
>> onboard Selena as she gets started!
>> Selena will share her own message with you shortly, and she can be
>> reached directly at sdeckelm...@wikimedia.org.
>> Maryana
>> Maryana Iskander
>> Wikimedia Foundation CEO
>> ***
>> https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2022/06/13/wikimedia-foundation-welcomes-selena-deckelmann/
>> Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Selena Deckelmann as Chief Product and
>> Technology Officer
>> 13 June 2022, San Francisco  — The Wikimedia Foundation today announced
>> the appointment of Selena Deckelmann as Chief Product and Technology
>> Officer. Selena is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Mozilla,
>> where she was responsible for Firefox. She will officially join on August
>> 1, 2022.
>> Selena will lead the product and technology teams at the Wikimedia
>> Foundation. These teams support the technology infrastructure and
>> innovation that powers Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia, one of the
>> most visited websites in the world with more than 16 billion pageviews per
>> month. They also enable more than 300,000 global volunteers to edit
>> Wikimedia projects each month.
>> “Selena has a proven track record of delivering results by enabling
>> individuals and teams to tackle unique and often complex challenges,” said
>> Maryana Iskander, CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation. “She has dedicated her
>> career to open source technologies for empowerment and inclusion.”
>> At Mozilla, where she has been for nearly a decade, Selena currently
>> leads the Firefox organization of more than 400 people responsible for all
>> Firefox product and technology functions including desktop, mobile, web
>> platform, and browser services. She oversaw some of the company’s most
>> significant achievements including performance projects like Quantum Flow,
>> architectural changes like Project Fission, key features like Enhanced
>> Tracking Protection and Total Cookie Protection, and services such as
>> Firefox Monitor. In her nine years at Mozilla, Selena held various other
>> roles including Vice President for Firefox Desktop, Senior Director for Web
>> Platform Engineering and Gecko Runtime, and Senior Manager for Gecko
>> Security Engineering.
>> Selena also brings experience from her previous roles as co-founder of
>> Prime Radiant, a software as a service business that explored how to
>> improve business processes at scale with checklist automation software, and
>> as Consulting Director of Development for The Ada Initiative, an
>> organization that was dedicated to increasing the participation of women in
>> open source and technology communities. She was a major contributor to
>> PostgreSQL, one of the largest free and open source databases in the world.
>> “Open collaboration produces better solutions for the world, and
>> technology is a critical enabler of making this true,” said Selena. “I look
>> forward to contributing to Wikimedia’s inspiring free knowledge mission.”
>> As Chief Product and Technology Officer, Selena will work with Wikimedia
>> Foundation staff, technical contributors, volunteer developers,
>> researchers, and communities to support Wikimedia’s 2030 Movement
>> Strategy
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction>
>> to advance free and open access to knowledge. The majority of the
>> Foundation is focused on product and technology development in service of
>> our mission.
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