It is obvious that despite our best intentions, the
Board and Transition
Team did not have all the relevant facts and circumstances in mind when
this decision was made.
I'm trying hard to understand how the Board and Transition team failed to
realize the WMF expects standards of transparency, ethics, and governance
from affiliates that the WMF itself is not able to meet, and worse, than
hiring María as a consultant with this level of transparency wouldn't be
considered unethical. I certainly understand the need, and value
tremendously María's advice, but t's not the first time incidents like this
happen, and the reply we always receive is "going forward, we'll do this
better" or something along those lines.
Many volunteers around the globe have worked very hard for years to meet
the standards the WMF expects from us. This feels like a slap on the face.
This is a separate issue from whether or not a COI
exists, which I plan
for us to discuss together on Tuesday. I will take tangible steps to
address these issues now that they have been brought to our attention. I
want to make sure we do that with proper reflection, to avoid worsening
those mistakes with poorly thought-out solutions. I would like to partner
to repair this together, and grow stronger as a result.
I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow for Movement Strategy
conversations and then again to discuss these and other transition matters
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