Wikimedia Foundation Board Governance Committee

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The Board Governance Committee (BGC) is responsible for ensuring the Board effectively fulfills its responsibilities. The BGC administers officer elections, Board committee appointments, Board needs (skills, experience) and trustee evaluations (via a 3rd party), trustee appointment process (for appointed trustees) and other activities relating to general Board effectiveness. For a full explanation of the WMF Board Governance Committee's responsibilities, please refer to its Board Governance Committee Charter. Please refer to the Board Handbook for more information on WMF's Board.

The committee can be contacted privately at[1] or publicly on this talk page.

Background and founding[edit]

The committee was established on 17 April 2010 with an interim committee consisting the WMF board members Matt Halprin (chair), Jan-Bart de Vreede and Ting Chen. The committee was briefly assisted by Sal Giambanco from the Omidyar Network. It submitted a report with initial recommendations to the WMF board, which were implemented. The Board established the BGC as an official sub-committee with a charter and defined tasks.


Non-voting advisory members:

Staff liaisons:

  • Eileen Hershenov
  • Chuck Roslof


Since August 2017[2]:

Non-voting advisory members:


Composition 2016-2017[edit]

Since June 2016,[3] the BGC has been comprised of:

Since August 2016,[5] the BGC also includes non-voting members:

Minutes 2016-2017[edit]

Ongoing tasks[edit]


Composition 2015-2016[edit]

From March 2016[7] to June 2016 the BGC was comprised of:

From July 2015[8] to March 2016 the BGC was comprised of:



Composition 2014-2015[edit]

From August 2014 to July 2015 the BGC has been comprised of:

Meetings 2014-2015[edit]

This year, we are meeting at each in-person board meeting, and we have a standing weekly online meeting (First on Thursdays, then moved to Fridays at 10:00a PST, 19:00 CET, 14:00 ART).

  • August 20, 2014 (hangout) notes (minutes on board wiki: [1])
  • August 28, 2014 (hangout) notes -- includes agenda for this year for the BGC (minutes on board wiki: [2])
  • September 5, 2014 (hangout) notes (minutes on board wiki: [3])
  • September 12, 2014 (hangout)
  • September 19, 2014 (hangout)
  • September 26, 2014 (hangout)
  • October 3, 2014 (hangout)
  • October 10, 2014 (hangout)
  • October 17, 2014 (hangout)
  • October 24, 2014 (hangout)
  • October 31, 2014 (hangout)
  • November 14, 2014 (hangout)


Composition 2013-2014[edit]

Since October 2012 through the BGC has been comprised of:

Agenda 2013-2014[edit]

There are several tasks the BGC wants to address in this term. You find topics, timeframes and more on Agenda 2013-2014.

Minutes 2013-2014[edit]


Composition 2012-2013[edit]

From October 2012 (Board Meeting in San Francisco) until August 2014, the BGC has been comprised of:

Agenda 2012-2013[edit]

There are several tasks the BGC wants to address in this term. You find topics, timeframes and more on Agenda 2012-2013.

Minutes 2012-2013[edit]


From August 2011 (Haifa) until October 2012 the BGC was comprised of:


From inception in April 2010 until August 2011 (Haifa Board meeting) the BGC was comprised of:

See also[edit]


  1. Current members of the committee are subscribed. The list has an archive its members can read
  2. Resolution: Officers and committee membership 2017
  3. Resolution: Board officers and committee membership 2016, 26 June 2016
  4. Wikimedia Foundation Board Governance Committee/2017 Election Disclosure
  5. 2016 call for Board Governance Committee Volunteer and Advisory members [results]
  6. James Heilman joins the Board Governance Committee as a volunteer and advisory member
  7. Committee Membership 2016, 30 March 2016
  8. Resolution: Board Officer and Committee Appointments 2015, 16 July 2015