[Foundation-l] Announcing Erik Moeller as Wikimedia Deputy Director

George Herbert george.herbert at gmail.com
Tue Dec 18 18:51:31 UTC 2007

On Dec 17, 2007 11:03 PM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Thank you, Sue. :-)
> WMF has been a tiny, infrastructure focused organization based in St.
> Petersburg, Florida. And in some ways that's good: we've learned to
> utilize minimal resources to accomplish amazing things; we've built
> large, decentralized networks of volunteers to get things done.
> On the other hand, the number of educational opportunities that have
> passed us by simply because we did not have the opportunity to respond
> or the ability to execute has been staggering.
> We could have decided that we'll never be able to respond to a
> partnership proposal from a major university, or put together a grant,
> or execute a strategic priority like single user login or stable
> versions. We have decided, however, that our mission and vision is to
> empower everyone to share in the sum of human knowledge. And that
> desire is leading us to a new morning, a new beginning.
> We're not just a Foundation to host servers. We are a charity of free knowledge.
> Our relocation, our new hires, the first systematic budget, all these
> are requirements for growing up: not sufficient, but necessary. And
> the warm welcome we've already received in San Francisco is great --
> few locations host so many unique and amazing organizations. It seems
> deeply appropriate for us to be there. :-)
> Sue, you've brought an unprecedented level of professionalism to WMF,
> and I consider it a pleasure and an honor to be given the opportunity
> to work with you.  Planet Earth hungers for knowledge. We have a lot
> of work cut out for us - let's get to it!
> WikiLove,
> Erik

Excellent news, and welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area.

-george william herbert
george.herbert at gmail.com

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