Dear Indic Wikimedians,

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees has discussed and approved some improvements to the Board’s governance structure and processes, in two recent meetings on December 9 and January 8. As the governing body for Wikimedia Foundation, we want to improve our capacity, performance, and representation of the movement’s diversity. We have amended the Bylaws in support of that goal. 

The new Bylaws incorporate these main changes:
Other changes refer to the terms and renewals of trustees, the resignation of other staff and governance roles before joining the Board, and the creation of an optional second Vice-Chair role. We have clarified the Bylaws language in topics like the fiduciary duty of trustees, the CEO’s role in meetings, the Treasurer’s duties, and the wording around the legal requirement that the Board make final appointments to the Board - including where there is a community/affiliate process to nominate candidates.

The Bylaws page on Foundation Wiki[1] has been updated to include these revisions (check the diff).

The Trustee Evaluation Form[2] to aid in evaluating Board candidates, initially presented as “Candidate rubric”, has been approved by the Board.

We are organizing a multilingual call for feedback[3] to discuss the processes to select trustees from the community. The Board will put forward a series of options for consideration and discussion, each one intended to meet the goal of strong community processes to select representatives, and a goal of improved skills, qualifications, and diversity in the candidates that are ultimately appointed. This call will start on February 1 and will run until March 14. The Foundation is preparing a team of facilitators to ensure broad awareness, participation, and representation across the movement.

The results of this call for feedback will inform the Board's decision about these processes expected to come in March-April. The Board will meet to review and approve a final selection pathway. After the pathway is approved, we plan to start the process to renew the three overdue community trustee seats and appoint the three new ones. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. I will be facilitating the conversations related to this in the South Asian region during the call feedback.

Krishna Chaitanya
Board Governance Facilitator
Wikimedia Foundation