The Wikimedia Foundation has hired four new staff members to guide the new
Public Policy Initiative. Annie Lin, LiAnna Davis, Sage Ross, and Amy Roth will
work with public policy programs at universities across the United States to
incorporate improvements to Wikipedia articles into the professors' curriculum.
The Public Policy Initiative will recruit Wikipedia volunteers to work with
professors and students to identify topics needing attention and give
professors the tools they need to incorporate Wikipedia editing into their
classrooms. This pilot project will continue through the 2010-11 academic year
and is funded by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.
As the Campus Team Coordinator, Annie Lin will work closely with university
professors, students, and Wikipedia Campus Ambassadors to facilitate our
outreach and in-classroom training efforts. Annie has a degree in Sociology
from the University of California at Berkeley, and brings her teaching and team
development experiences to her new Public Policy Initiative role.
LiAnna Davis steps into the Communications Associate role with a background in
online writing and editing, including experience in university communications
and nonprofit issue advocacy. LiAnna will be the voice of the Public Policy
Initiative, responsible for communication with professors and the Wikipedia
community. She has an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from the
University of Puget Sound and a master's degree in Communication, Culture and
Technology from Georgetown University.
As the former editor in chief of Signpost and a longstanding contributor to
Wikipedia, Sage Ross joins the team as the Online Facilitator. He has been
campaigning for academic experts to get more involved with Wikipedia since
joining, and he has led several Wikipedia assignments for courses at Yale
University. He is an avid photographer and Wikimedia Commons contributor as
well. Sage is bringing his extensive knowledge of the platform and community to
recruit volunteers and facilitate communication between the existing editors
and stakeholders in the project. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from
the University of Oklahoma and master's degrees in History and in the History
of Science and Medicine from Yale University.
As the Research Analyst, Amy Roth will take the lead role in evaluating the
process and outcomes of the project, suggesting areas for improvement along the
way. Amy's extensive experience in data analysis will enable her to ensure the
initiative develops best practices through feedback from students, professors,
and Wikipedia's volunteer community. She received her bachelor's degree in
Biology and Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University and her
master's in Public Policy and Administration from California State University
We welcome Annie, LiAnna, Sage, and Amy to the Wikimedia Foundation and the
Public Policy Initiative.
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