On Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 8:45 PM, Theo10011 <de10...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 3) I am still curious about some of the relationships here. As far as I
> know achal still serves on your board? because I have a distinct memory of
> there being some association here. He also still serves on the Advisory
> board of WMF and had a lot to do with selecting Bishakha. He was also a
> fellow for WMF, some time after the start of the India programs.
> Since there are probably many people on this list who are not familiar
with the process of recruiting 'appointed' trustees to the WMF board, it's
best I provide some information here. By way of background, please see this
page to understand the composition of board members and how they are
In my case, the process began with Achal giving my name to the Nominations
Committee, after which I went through the following steps (as did other
candidates, although I don't know who they were or are):
-A phone interview with a headhunter or recruitment firm
-In-person interviews at the WMF office in San Francisco with three board
members (Michael Snow, then board chair; Kat Walsh; Stu West) and the
executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, Sue Gardner
-Skype interview with board member Jimmy Wales
I was then invited to be on the WMF board in March 2010. I remember this
process well, since even though I serve on other non-profit boards, I had
never gone through such an extensive and rigorous selection process before
The board positions are unpaid; all of us serve in a volunteer capacity.
Best and hope this throws some light on the WMF trustee selection process.
Just so people know, there is currently a vacancy on the board and another
search process is underway.
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