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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 is composed of 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 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 Notes
Alice Wiegand-2.jpg Alice Wiegand (User:Lyzzy) Appointed December 31, 2016 Reappointed on August 7, 2014
Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak-2.jpg Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak (User:Pundit) Community Wikimania 2017 Appointed on July 16, 2015
Christophe Henner - June 2016.jpg Christophe Henner (User:Schiste) Affiliates Chair Wikimania 2019 Appointed on June 23, 2016
Guy Kawasaki at Wikimania 2015 - 2.jpg Guy Kawasaki Appointed December 31, 2016 Appointed on March 16, 2015
Jimmy Wales-1.jpg Jimmy Wales (User:Jimbo Wales) Founder December 31, 2018 Reappointed on November 7, 2015
Kelly Battles - January 2016 by Myleen Hollero.jpg Kelly Battles Appointed December 31, 2017 Appointed on December 9, 2015
María Sefidari - June 2016.jpg María Sefidari (User:Raystorm) Community[Notes 1] Vice Chair Wikimania 2017 Appointed to fill vacancy left by Board resolution
Nataliia Tymkiv - June 2016 - 2.jpg Nataliia Tymkiv (User:NTymkiv (WMF)) Affiliates Wikimania 2019 Appointed on June 23, 2016
Vacant Appointed Vacant as of 2016-01-27, due to a resignation announcement
Vacant Community Vacant as of 2016-04-08, due to a resignation announcement
  1. This seat is typically filled after a nomination by volunteer community members. In 2016, the board filled a vacancy here by referencing a nominating process, but without there being a formal nomination.

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:NTymkiv (WMF) User:Schiste User:Raystorm User:Doc James User:Denny User:Pundit User:Guy Kawasaki 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


Further reading[edit]