Hello, all.

Apologies for the rather late Friday notice. We had hoped to get details on this out earlier today, but it has taken rather all day for us to get the technical details ironed out!


The Wikimedia Foundation is hosting an office hour featuring Chief Financial Officer Jaime Villagomez and General Counsel Amanda Keton, two of the transition team guiding the Wikimedia Foundation during its executive transition. It will also feature guests from the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees (BoT), to be determined over the next few days, and Community Resilience & Sustainability Vice President Maggie Dennis. The main purpose of the call is to discuss questions related to Wikimedia Foundation executive transition, including the retention of María Sefidari as an advisor to Movement Strategy and supporting and onboarding the expanding BoT. Come with your questions or feedback, and let’s talk! You can also send us your questions in advance.

This office hour will be on June 29 at 15:00 UTC — see https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1624978855 for your local time. 


We will officer live interpretation for German, Spanish, French, and Arabic. To be able to listen to the interpretation, you need to join the Zoom room (and therefore register via answers@wikimedia.org; see below). The Youtube live-stream will be only in English.



This call will be streamed and available on demand at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQTND98b_Yg

We will be fielding questions from Wikimedians in good standing (that is, not Foundation or community banned). In order to be as efficient as possible, we are encouraging people to send questions in advance. Please send all questions to answers@wikimedia.org, by Monday June 28 (midnight, whatever time zone you may be in). We may aggregate similar questions or truncate them for length. Questions can also be asked live on Zoom for in-room attendees, in Zoom chat, Telegram and YouTube.

Language support

We will offer automated closed captioning for English, and live interpretation for German, Spanish, French, and Arabic. This is the first time we offer such a service for an office hour, and we would like to experiment with it and see how it works. To be able to listen to the Zoom interpretation, you need to join the Zoom room (and therefore register, see below), as live-streaming interpretation channels to Youtube is not possible.

How to register

For security reasons and specifically to avoid Zoombombing, we will be sending the Zoom link only to people who have registered in advance close to the meeting and only to Wikimedians in good standing. In order to register, please send an email to answers@wikimedia.org, indicating your name, username, affiliation if you have any. The title should be “Registration for Office Hours”. The link will be shared with any Wikimedia in good standing (not Foundation or community banned) who requests it  within the hour before the meeting.

The meeting will be governed by the Friendly Space Policy. We are committed to tackling hard questions bravely in a manner that reflects the values of our Universal Code of Conduct.

Maggie Dennis
Vice President, Community Resilience & Sustainability
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.