your insight has been super useful on the board, and I am grateful for all
of your contributions.
This is not a farewell, as I'm confident you will stay in the movement in
different roles, be they formal (like the one you're transitioning to) or
informal, like always.
Can't wait to reunite at some in-person event, once we have them back :)
On Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 9:40 PM María Sefidari <msefidari(a)wikimedia.org>
There is one last bit of news I would like to share following the Board
After ~ 8 years on the Board of Trustees at the Wikimedia Foundation - a
long time! - I have notified the Board that I am stepping down as Chair and
trustee, effective end of day today.
As all of you know, the community-selected seats were due to expire last
year and were extended at the request of the Board to see through these
difficult and unprecedented times. Now, after chairing the last meeting of
the fiscal year and having the call for candidates for the upcoming
elections approved, it is the least disruptive moment for me to step down.
The Foundation has asked me to consider an advisory role to support
Movement Strategy and the onboarding of new trustees and the new CEO/ED, to
help support leadership and this strategic transition. Nataliia Tymkiv,
currently Vice Chair, will act as Chair until a new one is elected by the
Board ensuring continuity.
Hopefully this news will not come as too much of a surprise. I am grateful
to the community members who lent me their trust and support to become a
trustee on two different occasions, to the staff, and to the trustees for
their confidence in me in the different leadership positions I have held
within the Board - first as committee chair, then two terms as Vice Chair,
and two terms as Chair.
Together we have accomplished many things during this time, but if I had
to single out only a few they would be the following: launching the
Movement Strategy process, engaging in the most ambitious governance reform
in the history of the Board, and working to ensure the stability and
sustainability of the Foundation. It has been a time of change, of
discussing strategy and our future, and deciding together what the path
forward should be.
Of course, the work is never finished - it will be the task of the Board
to continue what has been done and face the newer and complex challenges
that will no doubt arise. I hope that we will see many of the women of the
movement and people from the Global South as candidates in the upcoming
community elections - I know there are many qualified people ready to step
into these important roles. I look forward to supporting an increasingly
capable and diverse Board.
Be safe and well everyone.
María Sefidari Huici
Chair of the Board
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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