User:I JethroBT (WMF)

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Chris "Jethro" Schilling
Chris "Jethro" Schilling
Program Officer, Wikimedia Foundation
We've all got a story to tell. If you want to share yours, I want to listen.

About me

Hey folks. Since 2006, my curiosity has kept me engaged with the English Wikipedia under the username I JethroBT. I've contributed and worked together with editors in a variety of areas such as building high quality articles, community building, and developing help spaces. Before working with the WMF, I taught and studied cognitive science and psychology. Since graduating, I've coordinated a number of edit-a-thons and relationships with institutions in the Chicago metropolitan area.

I've been living in Chicago since 2009 and I love it here. When I'm not editing, you are likely to find me contra dancing or practicing taiko here in the city, two vibrant folk traditions supported by fantastic communities. (Stay curious!)

I enjoy getting to know the people involved in our projects, the challenges we've faced, and why we are motivated to contribute. Feel free to reach out to me anytime you like.

My work

With the Community Resources team, my primary role is to lead and maintain our grant programs, where folks can apply for funding to support ideas, events, and programs that improve Wikimedia projects. Currently, I do most of my work in Annual Plan Grants and Conference Grants, but I dabble in our other programs as well.

In my past work, I ran events and projects with IdeaLab and the related Inspire Campaigns, which invited editors to develop ideas on challenging and difficult topics important in our movement.

Here are some projects I've been closely involved with. My involvement has been in my capacity as staff unless otherwise noted:

Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

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