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‪On Fri, Jul 14, 2023 at 4:06 AM ‫مفتاح المعرفة‬‎ <>

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> knowledge. Best*
> Mossab Banat
> GP
> Wikipedia Admin
> في الخميس، ١٣ يوليو ٢٠٢٣, ٦:٠٧ م Nataliia Tymkiv <>
> كتب:
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>> <,_Foundation_updates,_Board_recruitment>*
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>> <,_Foundation_updates,_Board_recruitment>*
>> Dear all,
>> Following the June 21 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees meeting,
>> Maryana and I wanted to share outcomes from the meeting as well as other
>> updates from the Board of Trustees and the Foundation.
>> == June board meeting outcomes ==
>> The board held its regularly scheduled June meeting, focusing on approval
>> of the Wikimedia Foundation’s annual plan as well as other governance
>> matters and strategic topics
>> <>. As the Board
>> is making its work more visible, three observers from the Movement
>> Charter Drafting Committee joined the board meeting once again, and there
>> was also an open Q&A session with Wikimedia Foundation staff immediately
>> following the board meeting.
>> As a part of housekeeping, the Board approved the March meeting minutes
>> [1]. Operational and committee updates were shared with the Board prior to
>> the meeting itself as a pre-read and did not require Board action; you can
>> see the board committee reports here [2].
>> Trustees unanimously approved the Wikimedia Foundation’s 2023-2024
>> Annual Plan
>> <>.
>> This year’s plan remains anchored in the 2030 strategic direction, and
>> builds on movement strategy recommendations ranging from improving the user
>> experience to safety and inclusion to equity; it also expands focus on
>> product and technology as well as the Foundation’s own effectiveness.
>> The plan was informed by a month-long community feedback process that
>> began in April. The Foundation collected feedback both off and on-wiki,
>> with translations provided on projects in 30+ languages (an increase from
>> 14 languages last year). The long-form narrative plan also saw a 203%
>> increase in page views on Meta
>> <>
>> from last year to 34,604 this year. Nearly 700 Wikimedians across the world
>> also participated in five online conversations with interpretation support
>> in 14 languages (AR, EN, ES, FR, HI, ID, PA, PT, PL, RU, SW, UR, JA and
>> ZH). I want to thank all volunteers and Foundation and affiliates’ staff
>> who helped shape the feedback
>> <>
>> to improve this year’s plan.
>> Following this, the Board considered a number of topics that support the
>> multi-year strategic planning process that I shared in my March email [3].
>> In reflecting on Wikimedia’s financial model, the Board received a briefing
>> on Wikimedia Enterprise’s governance processes [4], and heard about the
>> success of increased collaboration between the Foundation’s fundraising
>> team and various language communities on regional banner campaigns. The
>> fundraising team will soon be launching its collaboration page for the
>> English campaign, building on what was learned last year.
>> As part of a global socio-technical knowledge ecosystem, Wikimedia’s
>> approach to generative AI (artificial intelligence) has been a topic of
>> interest amongst many of you, as well as with Wikimedia partners, allies,
>> and the public. Chief Product and Technology Officer Selena Deckelmann 
>> reflected
>> on emerging opportunities and challenges
>> <>
>> we face as a movement, a vision informed by volunteer-led discussions in
>> May that highlighted the critical role of human motivation in the field of
>> machine learning / artificial intelligence.
>> == Board recruitment ==
>> Board recruitment is one of the responsibilities of the Governance
>> Committee. The Committee has also spent time on proactively considering how
>> future Trustees can learn more about the role and its expectations. This is
>> helping to improve the selection process for community- and
>> affiliate-selected  seats (the updated Elections Committee membership was
>> mentioned here [5]) and build a pipeline for board-selected seats
>> recruitment
>> <>
>> .
>> Currently, the Board is reviewing candidates for a seat as Audit
>> Committee Chair, as Tanya Capuano’s term ends next year, and it would be
>> good to identify and have a future replacement “shadowing” her for a bit in
>> the Committee. This particular role requires specialised financial
>> expertise, and familiarity with U.S. non-profit and tax laws and
>> regulations. Please read the materials and nominate potential candidates
>> that can be considered alongside the ones that are identified by the board
>> itself. If you have a potential nominee, please email
>> by July 31 with “Audit Chair” as a reference
>> with some information about them (a resume or LinkedIn profile) and a
>> rationale why they would be a good fit. More information is on Meta:
>> == Foundation updates ==
>> The Board additionally receives regular updates from Maryana on her
>> priorities; she communicates directly about them on this list and on Meta
>> <>,
>> and will continue to do so. Her current goals have focused on
>> strategy/planning, leadership, and culture/values.
>> On leadership, the Foundation’s executive team
>> <> reflects Maryana’s
>> goal to promote internally where possible and hire externally when
>> necessary. In addition to Stephen LaPorte’s
>> <>
>> recent elevation to General Counsel, Anusha Alikhan
>> <>
>> has now been promoted to Chief Communications Officer after ably leading
>> the Foundation’s communications department since 2021. Maryana will be
>> handing over management of the Foundation’s human resources team to a new
>> Chief Talent & Culture Officer, Courtney Bass Sherizen
>> <>,
>> who starts in August and brings prior experience from big tech and also
>> non-profits.
>> The Foundation is also investing in a broader leadership team that better
>> reflects its global footprint. Recent elevations of both long-tenured and
>> newer staff living outside of the United States include 17-year Foundation
>> veteran Mark Bergsma
>> <> as Vice
>> President of Site Reliability Engineering, and Jean Delage-Sié
>> <> as Vice
>> President of People Experience.
>> Finally, the Wikimedia Foundation staff recently completed their values
>> refresh <>,
>> which is intended to grow a culture of accountability, learning, and mutual
>> respect for how the Foundation conducts itself and engages with others.
>> The Board of Trustees will meet next on August 15 in Singapore. Following
>> this meeting, there will also be an open session with the Wikimedia
>> Foundation and Endowment Boards during Wikimania to answer questions on
>> these topics or others you may have. We hope to see some of you either
>> virtually or in-person at Wikimania.
>> Regards,
>> Nat and Maryana
>> [1]
>> [2]
>> [3]
>> [4]
>> [5]
>> Best regards,
>> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
>> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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>> Thank you in advance!*
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