I am astounded.
Unless this is a non-remunerated role, taking on a board member immediately after they
step down is an absolutely flagrant breach of one of the basic tenets of good corporate
governance, the avoidance of conflict of interest. You and the WMF board must be very well
aware of that, as you have spent years (rightly) insisting on absolute probity for the
Please tell me that this is an unpaid position.
On 23 Jun 2021, at 21:46, Maggie Dennis
Hello, all. :)
I hope and trust that everyone is keeping well during these times!
I’m Maggie Dennis, Vice President of the Community Resilience & Sustainability group
of Wikimedia Foundation, within the Legal department. I wanted to announce with pleasure
that Maria Sefidari has agreed to consult with the Foundation on Movement Strategy and the
ongoing Board evolution for the upcoming year. Many of us know María from her role as the
chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, from which she provided invaluable
leadership in governance, oversight, and fundraising. Others may know her from her
volunteer work as User:Raystorm, in which she has a broad range of experience.
María, based in Spain, commenced her assignment with the Foundation this week. We intend
to tap into her expertise and knowledge of the Foundation to support a successful
implementation of the Movement’s Strategy and to tap into new opportunities. (With her
Board work, she will be supporting Quim Gil’s team with the Board election and helping
Margo Lee in improving onboarding, documentation practices, and training.) María will
report to me as part of our Community Resilience & Sustainability group. I’m excited
that she accepted our offer for a more hands-on assignment, particularly given how
important all of the work she’ll be supporting is. :) With more than 15 years of Wikimedia
experience, her contributions in the next phase will be a tremendous benefit to me and my
team as we continue settling into our own work on Movement Strategy.
Those of you who are involved with Movement Strategy are used to seeing her at related
meetings and still will. :) I anticipate María will be joining one or more of the Movement
Strategy global conversations this weekend. Advertisement alert: maybe you can, too?
Here’s more detail! I myself will be attending at least one of those sessions and look
forward to seeing some of you there.
Vice President, Community Resilience & Sustainability
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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