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> Le 7 sept. 2022 à 05:55, Olushola Olaniyan <> a 
> écrit :
> Thank you, Maryana for the highlights, they came very handy. 
> I will continue to resonate on them. Cheers 
>> On Tue, Sep 6, 2022, 5:52 PM 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’ I 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 (returning 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. 
>> Product/Technology 
>> 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 as 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 
>> Advancement 
>> 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. 
>> Legal 
>> 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.   
>> Communications
>> 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 to understand how the Wikimedia Foundation’s 
>> organizational values are lived in practice. And how values can clarify what 
>> others should expect of us. This is 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, and data from a 
>> recent all-staff survey. I am always interested to hear from others who 
>> 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 
>> Maryana Iskander 
>> Wikimedia Foundation CEO
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