Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

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The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the foundation and its work, as its ultimate corporate authority.


The Board was formed in 2003 with three Trustees, and since 2008 consists of up to ten Trustees. It appoints four officers: a Chair and Vice Chair (who have to be Trustees), and a Treasurer and Secretary (who do not). The work of the board partly involves resolutions and votes. Other work is delegated to a number of committees covering matters such as Board Governance, Audit, and Human Resources.

The Board currently comprises the following seats:

Contacting the Board[edit]

There is a Board noticeboard for sharing requests and recommendations. The Board can be contacted directly by either posting to the noticeboard, or by email to WMFboard at The Foundation itself can be contacted in a number of ways as outlined on their contact page.

Current members[edit]

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees questions and answers session at Wikimania 2015
Photo Name Seat Role Term ends
Alice Wiegand-2.jpg Alice Wiegand (User:Lyzzy) Appointed Vice Chair December 31, 2016
Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak-2.jpg Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak (User:Pundit) Community Wikimania 2017
Dr. Denny Vrandečić.jpg Dr. Denny Vrandečić (User:Denny) Community Wikimania 2017
Frieda Brioschi -1.jpg Frieda Brioche (User:Frieda) Affiliates Wikimania 2016
Guy Kawasaki at Wikimania 2015 - 2.jpg Guy Kawasaki Appointed December 31, 2016
Dr. James Heilman.jpg Dr. James Hellman (User:Doc James) Community Wikimania 2017
Jan-Bart de Vreede-1.jpg Jan-Bart de Vreede (User:Jan-Bart) Appointed December 31, 2015
Jimmy Wales-1.jpg Jimmy Wales (User:Jimbo Wales) Founder N/A
Patricio Lorente 2.jpg Patricio Lorente (User:Patricio.lorente) Affiliates Chair Wikimania 2016
Stu West.jpg Stu West (User:Stu) Appointed December 31, 2015

Former members[edit]

From the Board Chart template:

User:Raystorm User:Phoebe User:Lyzzy User:Patricio.lorente user:Bishdatta User:Phoebe User:Sj User:Akl User:Mhalprin User:Sj User:Midom User:Wing User:Michael Snow User:Midom User:Frieda User:Stu user:anthere User:Mindspillage User:Oscar User:Mindspillage User:Eloquence User:Jan-Bart User:Angela User:Anthere User:Mdavis User:TimShell User:Jimbo Wales Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

User:Doc James User:Denny User:Pundit User:Frieda User:Lyzzy User:Bishdatta User:Lyzzy User:Patricio.lorente User:Raystorm User:Phoebe User:Sj User:Stu User:Jan-Bart User:Jimbo Wales Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees


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