I'm deeply grateful that the past, current and new members of the Board
have dedicated the 10 hours/week and more to our cause, and both as people
and Board functionaries I wish them the best and much success in their
However, the Board as an entity which has energetically lost the trust of
both its own staff and that of the broader community who cares about such
issues does, in my opinion, owe us all a better backstory for these latest
appointees. I would love to hear more about the humanist and visionary
bubbles left in their wake, for example a loving and vibrant workplace
environment crafted by Arnnon, a scheme to charge no tuition at the
Montessori school devised by Kelly... I do believe that these stories must
lay deeper beneath the surface of these two, who appear from their CVs to
be rich, likeable personalities with impeccable, traditional business
management skills. The Board owes it to Kelly and Arnnon, if no one else,
to set them up for success by sharing the mission-aligned personal history
which makes them desirable appointments to our unique organization.
Perhaps you could request new Board members to write a personal statment,
of their vision and the goals they intend to pursue during their time on
Fundraising Tech "the sheepdog" Lead
On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 5:01 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak <darekj(a)alk.edu.pl>
As Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board Governance Committee, I am happy
to introduce the two newest members of our Board of Trustees: Kelly Battles
and Arnnon Geshuri.
Kelly and Arnnon bring deep expertise in strategy and financial oversight,
and diversity and organizational development, and a passionate commitment
to advancing Wikimedia’s vision for the world. You can learn more about
them in the blog post here:
and their biographies have been added to the Board of Trustees page, here
Over the past several weeks, the Board considered many qualified candidates
from around the globe. We were looking for people with experience in
strategic and organizational development to help guide the Wikimedia
Foundation’s future. We were also looking for people with a sense of
empathy and cultural awareness, who would value and strengthen the unique
culture of our diverse, global movement.
We are excited to announce that with Kelly and Arnnon, we have found
exceptional new Trustees who have these qualities, as well as many more.
They were approved unanimously by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
Trustees. Both terms are effective Jan 1, 2016 and will last for two years.
We look forward to working with them on the Board and toward our mission.
Please join me in welcoming them.
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