Thank you for the update Maryana :)


Le 06/09/2022 à 21:16, Samuel Klein a écrit :
Seconded — thank you for these continuing updates, and for always inviting conversation. Essential, even when it takes time for those seeds to sprout.


On Tue., Sep. 6, 2022, 7:11 p.m. Craig Newmark, <> wrote:

    Maryana, much appreciated!

    Craig Newmark, craigslist founder <>

    On Tue, Sep 6, 2022, 9:53 AM Maryana Iskander
    <> wrote:

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        Hi everyone,

        I’ve started my ninth official month as CEO of the Wikimedia
        Foundation. Based on feedback from this list and elsewhere, I
        am trying to proactively communicate every few months on my
        priorities and what I continue to learn.

        I regularly return to the five ‘puzzles’
        identified in my original letter to you. For me, these
        continue to pose big questions about our role in the world and
        our ways of working with each other. I’ve mentioned that one
        highlight of the year so far has been bringing colleagues
        together – volunteers, editors, affiliates, Foundation staff,
        board members – to reconnect at a human level. Many of you
        have shared with me the need for more spaces that can help us
        build (and rebuild) relationships and trust.

        As more communities return to in-person events, I have
        benefitted from spending time with volunteers at WikiCon
        Brasil and at the Wikimania meetup hosted in Cape Town. I look
        forward to participating in-person and virtually at many more
        regional gatherings in the months ahead.

        I am writing today to provide you with an update on the three
        priorities I identified in January.

        Priority 1: Strategy and Planning

        My first priority remains focused on strategy and planning. In
        June, we shared the successful adoption of the Wikimedia
        Foundation’s Annual Plan
        It is now anchored in the strategic direction of our movement
        – knowledge equity and knowledge as a service – and it
        identifies the Foundation’s strengthened focus on regions and
        on projects. This plan benefited from the contributions and
        feedback of hundreds of volunteers who provided input on-wiki
        and through other multilingual channels of communication.
        We’ll share updates on progress before the end of the calendar
        year on the Annual Plan meta page and in other forums. Our
        intention is to continue asking for guidance and input from
        volunteers, affiliates, and communities.

        I mentioned in my April message that the Wikimedia Foundation
        has grown very rapidly over the past 3 years as part of its
        medium term plan – increasing its budget by more than 30% in
        the past year with the addition of more than 200 new people
        since 2020.This growth will not continue as we stabilize and
        make sure that new resources are delivering maximum impact for
        our mission. The Foundation’s approved budget represents a 17%
        increase, most of this is inflationary and other year-on-year
        costs. Funding to other movement entities (individual and
        affiliate) grew by 24% percent.

        While the annual plan is an important start, it does not
        address all of the significant strategic issues facing
        Wikimedia – none of which can be solved in a single year.
        Within the framework of our movement strategy and emerging
        charter, I plan to continue partnering with Foundation
        stakeholders and communities in co-planning approaches to
        tackle strategic issues that an annual plan cannot fully
        address. The Board of Trustees will help kick this off with
        strategic planning engagements at the board’s upcoming meeting
        in Berlin. This will be followed by important conversations
        about strategy implementation at the Wikimedia Summit
        for the first time since 2019).

        Priority 2: Leadership

        I highlighted in January that CEO transitions are disruptive
        for most organisations and change often continues after a new
        leader has arrived. I have been trying to build a broader
        leadership team at the Wikimedia Foundation as I focus on
        successfully onboarding new hires, investing more in internal
        talent management, undertaking succession planning for key
        roles, and providing stronger communications support for the
        Foundation’s senior team.


        My top priority when I joined 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.
        This goal has been achieved
        Selena Deckelmann is now officially on board at the Wikimedia
        Foundation after a successful nine-year career at Mozilla,
        most recently as the head of Firefox. She is reaching out to
        learn from our technical contributors and volunteers, and can
        be contacted directly at


        Having assessed the Wikimedia Foundation’s leadership
        structure, I have decided not to create or resurrect any
        additional C-level roles at this time. Instead, we will add
        more organization-wide responsibilities to existing leadership
        roles in order to increase accountability, improve
        coordination, and reduce silos. I am pleased to share that
        Lisa Gruwell (
        <>)will assume additional
        responsibilities as a Deputy to the CEO while also remaining
        the Chief Advancement Officer. I believe this will provide the
        Foundation with further leadership stability as well as
        provide important institutional memory given Lisa’s 12+ years
        of Wikimedia experience.

        In that time, Lisa has delivered an unparalleled track record
        of results throughout every chapter of the Foundation’s
        history since its inception. She has supported communities
        around the globe and engaged allies in embracing the vision of
        Wikimedia. Lisa is always looking to the future and asking how
        we can deepen the impact of our work. She often channels the
        voices of our contributors, readers and donors – I have seen
        firsthand how deeply Lisa cares about this mission and the
        people who make it possible from those at the Foundation, in
        our movement, and around the world.


        Working closely with General Counsel Amanda Keton, we recently
        appointed Stephen LaPorte (
        <>) as Deputy General Counsel.
        This is a key role that the Foundation’s legal team has had
        for several years. In addition to leading the Legal Affairs
        and Public Policy teams for the last decade, Stephen has built
        a track record of effective partnership with communities to
        support our technical aspirations, while seeing around the
        corners of the policy landscape to protect and expand free
        knowledge. We will all benefit from Stephen’s experience and
        wisdom in this role.


        The Foundation’s communications department is led by Vice
        President Anusha Alikhan (
        <>) to support strategic efforts
        for external, movement, and Foundation audiences. Anusha
        joined Wikimedia in 2019 from the Knight Foundation and has
        prior experience as a freelance journalist, editor and lawyer.
        Her leadership of the communications team recognizes Anusha’s
        capabilities as a consummate communications professional, her
        embodiment of Wikimedia’s values, and her unwavering
        commitment to equity and inclusion.

        Finance & Administration

        Jaime Villagomez (
        <>) remains our Chief
        Financial Officer, very capably overseeing the Foundation’s
        finance and administration teams to steward our finances,
        strengthen the operational infrastructure of our movement, and
        enable the Foundation to better meet its strategic objectives.

        Talent & Culture

        Alongside an experienced team of leaders, I am temporarily
        heading up our Talent & Culture department in order to learn
        more about what is needed at this time – I plan to make
        further leadership decisions by the end of the year.

        Chief of Staff

        Finally, I have redefined the Chief of Staff role to support
        the broader organization and movement, not only the CEO.
        Communicating regularly and effectively, not just to relay
        information but to create shared understanding across diverse
        stakeholders, is one of the most important capabilities we
        need at the Foundation, and this role is intended to help us
        all. Nadee Gunasena(
        <>) recently became Chief of
        Staff after four years of executive communications support at
        the Wikimedia Foundation. Many of you may already know Nadee
        as someone who stands ready to help affiliates and community
        members with communications and other needs.

        Priority 3: Values and Culture

        Strategy, planning and leadership are necessary ingredients
        for success. My experience has taught me that values and
        culture often matter more. I have been on a journey seeking to
        understand how the Wikimedia Foundation’s organizational
        lived in practice. And how values can clarify what others
        should expect of us. This feels like an important question
        now, especially given how much has changed at the Foundation
        since these were first penned in 2016. We are beginning those
        conversations between now and December following input from
        employee groups, our Board of Trustees, as well as data from a
        recent all-staff survey. I am always interested to hear from
        others who also think about values and how they shape
        organizational culture and performance.

        I haven’t stopped asking for time to keep learning from all of
        you - thank you to those who have reached out for more
        conversations and to share perspectives. I can always be
        reached directly at


        Maryana Iskander

        Wikimedia Foundation CEO

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