[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Announces 2012-13 Board of Trustees and Elected Officers at Wikimania in Washington DC

phoebe ayers phoebe.wiki at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 00:14:46 UTC 2012

Dear all,

It has been an honor to be a member of the Board, and I hope you will
join me in welcoming Alice and Patricio.

And, I am very pleased to have Bishakha appointed as the new secretary
-- you can expect to see notes on our meeting coming from her.

Thank you, and see you around the wikis --

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM, Matthew Roth <mroth at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Please find a press release from the Wikimedia Foundation announcing Board
> of Trustees election results and welcoming Alice Wiegand and Patricio
> Lorente to the Board.
> thanks,
> Matthew
> --
> Matthew Roth
> Global Communications
> Wikimedia Foundation
> (This release is also posted at
> http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/WMF_Board_Election_July_2012
> )
> *Wikimedia Foundation Announces 2012-13 Board of Trustees and Elected
> Officers at Wikimania in Washington DC*
> Washington, DC -- July 12, 2012-- The Wikimedia Foundation today announced
> recent appointments and elected officers for the 2012-13 Board of Trustees.
> Every year at Wikimania, the annual gathering of Wikimedia contributors
> from around the world, the Wikimedia Board appoints its officers for the
> coming year, and this year’s appointments were announced in Washington, DC.
> This year, Kat Walsh was appointed Chair of the Board, Jan-Bart de Vreede
> was re-appointed Vice-chair, Stuart West was re-appointed as Board
> Treasurer and Bishaka Dhatta becomes Board Secretary. The Board expressed
> its great thanks to former Board Chair Ting Chen, as well as outgoing
> trustees Arne Klempert and Phoebe Ayers. Their leadership has strengthened
> and nurtured the growth of the worldwide Wikimedia movement.
> "I am honored to have been chosen to chair the Board in the coming year,”
> said Kat Walsh, Chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. “I
> want to thank Ting Chen for his service in his period as Chair, and I look
> forward to working closely with him as I take on this new role. It's an
> important time in the history of the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia
> movement: I look forward to leading the Board in the year ahead."
> “It’s been a pleasure to serve the Wikimedia movement as Chair of the Board
> of Trustees,” said Ting Chen. “Since I took on the role of Chair we’ve
> worked with our global community and the Foundation to introduce an
> ambitious five-year plan to increase the diversity and overall population
> of our community, while also establishing long-term financial plans to
> ensure sustainability for our movement and our projects. Our Board has
> matured and strengthened, and I’m proud of the tireless work of my
> colleagues.”
> There are 10 seats on the Board and according to the Foundation's bylaws,
> three members are elected by the Wikimedia community, two are selected by
> the Wikimedia chapters, the Founder seat is held by Jimmy Wales, and four
> members are appointed by the Board itself to provide additional, specific
> expertise.
> The Foundation is happy to welcome its two newest members of the Board,
> Patricio Lorente and Alice Wiegand, who were elected to the Board by the
> Wikimedia chapters in May 2012. The chapters seat selection process was
> created in April 2008, in order to demonstrate the Board's commitment to
> the chapters as an important player in the fulfillment of the Wikimedia
> mission.
> Patricio Lorente is the former President of Wikimedia Argentina. He has
> worked as Project Manager of the Association for Social Development in
> Argentina and he currently serves as General ProSecretary of the National
> University of La Plata. Alice Wiegand is personal aide to the Mayor of
> Meerbusch, Germany. She has recently begun her Master’s studies in Public
> Policy and Governance.
> *The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees for 2012-2013:*
> *Kat Walsh, Board Chair (current term until July 2013)
> *Jan-Bart de Vreede, Vice Chair (current term until December 2013)
> *Stuart West, Treasurer (current term until December 2013)
> *Bishakha Datta, Secretary (current term until December 2012)
> *Jimmy Wales, FounderTing Chen (current term until 2013)
> *Samuel Klein (current term until July 2013)
> *Matt Halprin (current term until December 2012)
> *Alice Wiegand (current term until July 2014)
> *Patricio Lorente (current term until July 2014)
> *About Wikimania*
> http://wikimania.org
> Wikimania 2012 is being held in Washington, DC, USA, where more than 1000
> Wikipedia contributors, Wikimedia advocates, researchers and educators from
> 87 countries are in attendance. The previous Wikimanias were held in
> Frankfurt, Germany (2005), Cambridge, USA (2006), Taipei, Taiwan (2007),
> Alexandria, Egypt (2008), Buenos Aires, Argentina (2009), Gdańsk, Poland
> (2010), and Haifa, Israel (2011).
> *About the Wikimedia Foundation*
> http://wikimediafoundation.org
> http://blog.wikimedia.org
> The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates
> Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix,
> Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation
> receive more than 492 million unique visitors per month, making them the
> fifth-most popular web property world-wide (comScore, May 2012). Available
> in 285 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 22 million articles
> contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 85,000 people.
> Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited,
> 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
> *Press contact *
> Jay Walsh
> Head of Communications
> Wikimedia Foundation
> Tel. +1 415-860-8166
> jwalshwikimedia.org
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