User:JVargas (WMF)

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Jorge Vargas
Jorge Vargas
Director, Regional Partnerships, Wikimedia Foundation
"Less is more." - Mies van der Rohe

About me

I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and lived there before moving to the US in September, 2013. I lived in San Francisco, CA since 2013, until moving to Miami, FL in August of 2022. I've been working on partnerships at WMF since late 2014, back then leading Partnerships work in LATAM for the now sunsetted Wikipedia Zero project. Back in the day I was part of the legal world, graduating from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and working for places like Baker & McKenzie,Creative Commons, and the Wikimedia Foundation (as a Legal Fellow Sep/13 through Sep/14). In my free time, you would find me traveling and getting to know new places, building a puzzle, or trying out new food and cocktails.

My work

Since July of 2018, I manage the Regional Partnerships team, part of the larger Partnerships team at the Wikimedia Foundation. The Regional Partnerships team works in emerging markets (Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia), and is focused on leveraging public and private sector partnerships to advance Wikimedia's readership, brand awareness, and local content creation. Aligned with Foundation's and Movement's priorities, we specialize in working with partners interested in the intersection of technology and education, ranging in scope from international organizations to technology companies as well as non-profits across the globe. I am also involved in some public policy affairs that impact our partnership work, particularly access to knowledge.

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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