Wikimedia Foundation/Communications/Wikimedia Conference 2016

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This page outlines the Wikimedia Foundation Communications Department's activities at Wikimedia Conference 2016.


The Communications Department attended Wikimedia Conference 2016 to provide capacity building training opportunities for Wikimedia movement affiliates, network with affiliate leaders, increase awareness of department activities, collect input on the Wikimedia communications resource center, and discuss with affiliates initiatives the department is considering.


Photo Name Title Tasks
Jeff Elder Digital Communications Manager
  • Workshops
  • Social media support and development
  • Networking
Zachary McCune Global Audience Communications Manager
  • Meetups
  • Messaging development
  • Networking
Gregory Varnum Communications Strategist (Contractor)
  • Workshops
  • General communications support
  • Advocacy development
  • Networking
Heather Walls Creative Principal
  • Meetups
  • Messaging and brand development
  • General communications support
  • Networking

Katherine Maher, Chief Communications Officer, will also be attending in her role as interim Executive Director.


The department will be facilitating these workshops:

The department is also participating in or hosting these activities:


With its participation in the conference, the department hopes to achieve these objectives:

  • Help affiliates expand their communications capacity
  • Network with affiliates
  • Collect input on Wikimedia messaging and branding
  • Meet with affiliates in developing countries to get input on reader outreach
  • Engage affiliates and volunteers in Wikimedia Foundation's social media efforts
  • Discuss and identify advocacy needs of affiliates - in particular what tools affiliates would find helpful
  • Introduce and collect feedback on Communications Resource Center


The Communications Department met with a number of affiliates at Wikimedia Conference 2016. If you would like to arrange for a future meeting, please post a comment on this talk page, or email communications(_AT_)