[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Leaving the Wikimedia Foundation

Steven Zhang szhang at wikimedia.org
Tue Aug 7 23:29:44 UTC 2012

Hi all,

Please disregard my previous correspondence, it was sent in error.


Steve Zhang
Community Fellow, Wikimedia Foundation
szhang at wikimedia.org

> On 08/08/2012, at 4:41 AM, Barry Newstead <bnewstead at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Dear Wikimedia friends and colleagues,
>> It is bittersweet for me to share with all of you that I will be leaving
>> the Wikimedia Foundation at the end of August to relocate to Australia for
>> personal reasons.
>> It is difficult for me to leave Wikimedia and particularly leave the Global
>> Development team, which I’ve had the pleasure of building and leading over
>> the past two years. I am proud of what we have accomplished in raising the
>> priority of much of the globe within the Wikimedia movement, strengthening
>> our mobile strategy and education program, globalizing communications, and
>> tackling the difficult movement roles issues that I hope can be put in the
>> past. It hasn’t been easy or uncontroversial, but I truly believe that we
>> are heading in the right direction.
>> One of the great joys of my work has been the opportunity to travel and
>> meet many amazing Wikipedians and to share the Wikimedia story with the
>> world. It is so inspiring to hear first hand how much people love our
>> projects and the amazing things that so many people do in support of the
>> movement. This is what helped me survive the many long flights and
>> jetlag-filled nights.  It was an honour representing the Wikimedia
>> Foundation and often the Wikimedia movement in so many places.
>> I am confident that the Global Development work will thrive with the team
>> in place and with all of the dedicated community members who see us as
>> partners. I look forward to becoming a volunteer member of the movement and
>> supporting the work in new ways. Sue will share plans for the transition
>> shortly.
>> Many thanks to all who have supported me and our work.
>> Kind regards,
>> Barry
>> -- 
>> Barry Newstead
>> Chief Global Development Officer
>> Wikimedia Foundation
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