On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 2:09 PM, Daniel Phelps <dphelps(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
The Wikimedia Foundation has hired four new staff
members to guide the new
Public Policy Initiative. Annie Lin, LiAnna Davis, Sage Ross, and Amy Roth
will work with public policy programs at universities across the United
States to incorporate improvements to Wikipedia articles into the
professors' curriculum. The Public Policy Initiative will recruit Wikipedia
volunteers to work with professors and students to identify topics needing
attention and give professors the tools they need to incorporate Wikipedia
editing into their classrooms. This pilot project will continue through the
2010-11 academic year and is funded by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.
As the Campus Team Coordinator, Annie Lin will work closely with university
professors, students, and Wikipedia Campus Ambassadors to facilitate our
outreach and in-classroom training efforts. Annie has a degree in Sociology
from the University of California at Berkeley, and brings her teaching and
team development experiences to her new Public Policy Initiative role.
LiAnna Davis steps into the Communications Associate role with a background
in online writing and editing, including experience in university
communications and nonprofit issue advocacy. LiAnna will be the voice of the
Public Policy Initiative, responsible for communication with professors and
the Wikipedia community. She has an undergraduate degree in Communication
Studies from the University of Puget Sound and a master's degree in
Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.
As the former editor in chief of Signpost and a longstanding contributor to
Wikipedia, Sage Ross joins the team as the Online Facilitator. He has been
campaigning for academic experts to get more involved with Wikipedia since
joining, and he has led several Wikipedia assignments for courses at Yale
University. He is an avid photographer and Wikimedia Commons contributor as
well. Sage is bringing his extensive knowledge of the platform and community
to recruit volunteers and facilitate communication between the existing
editors and stakeholders in the project. He holds a bachelor's degree in
Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma and master's degrees in History
and in the History of Science and Medicine from Yale University.
As the Research Analyst, Amy Roth will take the lead role in evaluating the
process and outcomes of the project, suggesting areas for improvement along
the way. Amy's extensive experience in data analysis will enable her to
ensure the initiative develops best practices through feedback from
students, professors, and Wikipedia's volunteer community. She received her
bachelor's degree in Biology and Animal Science from California Polytechnic
State University and her master's in Public Policy and Administration from
California State University at Sacramento.
We welcome Annie, LiAnna, Sage, and Amy to the Wikimedia Foundation and the
Public Policy Initiative.
Welcome times four to Annie, LiAnna, Sage, and Amy to the Public Policy
Initiative. I'm eager to see this initiative in action with the new staff.
This is a fantastic opportunity for us to recruit new editors into the WMF
community who can provide expertise about Public Policy related content.
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