Welcome again Ellie
A question came to my mind when I read the description of the job.
- making sure there is good continuity and knowledge-transfer as the
conference moves to new hosts year-over-year.
Yet, she is taking on the role as an annual contract.
Is there not a contradiction here ?
Amongst other tasks
* On 3/27/13 7:24 PM, Siko Bouterse wrote:
Pardon the cross-posting from WMF staff list - I
expect this role will be
of interest to many here too. Welcome, Ellie!
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From: Siko Bouterse <sbouterse(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Subject: Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator
To: Staff All <wmfall(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Please join me in welcoming Ellie Young, who is taking on the role of
Conference Coordinator as an annual contract with WMF.
As you may know, WMF's support for Wikimania in recent years has been
spread across a variety of staff members who have other core
responsibilities. With this new contract, we're creating a single point of
contact to act as liaison between WMF and the Wikimania organizing team, to
ensure that we're able to provide the host team with focused support where
help from WMF is needed.
Ellie brings with her a lot of experience in event planning for open
culture communities. She worked as Executive Director of USENIX
Association for over 20 years, where she and her team supported several
international conferences hosted by volunteers each year. She also
currently serves on The Ada Initiative's Board of Advisors and has been an
activist for the democratization of educational materials most of her life.
Fun things we’ve learned about Ellie: Both sets of her grandparents helped
build the Panama Canal, and each generation since has had a pilot or two
doing transits of the ships. She has been to every country in Latin America
and the Caribbean except Brasil. You can often catch her hiking in the SF
East Bay Hills with her adorable mini-poodle, Jack.
As Conference Coordinator, Ellie will be facilitating and supporting the
work of the Wikimania host team and making sure there is good continuity
and knowledge-transfer as the conference moves to new hosts year-over-year.
She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be sometimes working
from the SF office (sitting on the 3rd floor near HR). Ellie would like to
hear from you on all things Wikimania, so please do stop by or email her
Huge thanks to all staff and volunteers who helped us craft this role and