Thank you to everyone who attended the office hour at 15:00 UTC 29 June 2021. We’ll be
posting the notes in the next few days, including answers to a few questions we couldn’t
answer in the allotted time. As promised, I wanted to follow up with next steps.
María’s contract. Following my discussion with María after the office hour, we have
mutually agreed to end the contract as of 16 July 2021. María has graciously agreed to
finish and document the assignments she has already started and cover for staff on holiday
until this date. She will not start any new work.
Conflict of Interest Policy. We will review, update and post an updated Conflict of
Interest policy by 30 September 2021 for community review and discussion before ultimate
approval by the Board. The updated policy will include a consideration of “cooling off
Affiliate Grant Agreements. We had already planned to review and update our grant
agreements, and we will ensure that those updates incorporate up-to-date affiliate
governance guidance. We will share updated grant agreement templates for community review
and comment by 31 January 2022.
Prioritization reassessment and Additional Resources. We will reassess our plans and
priorities in light of these changes in direction and commitments. Given the termination
period mentioned above, we will conduct this reassessment in the second half of July,
when we return from a Foundation-wide break (5-9 July 2021). It is likely we will reassign
internal staff and/or seek additional staff capacity. We will post any job listings
publicly as part of the hiring process.
I appreciate all of you who raised important considerations in these conversations. I
continue to hope that we can learn and grow from these moments together. I deeply believe
that we must unite to push against the forces that are working against our mission and
that we are stronger together. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share how this
happened, seek your input, and change course.
In solidarity and with gratitude,
General Counsel and Transition Team Member