Wikimedia Foundation elections/2022
During the 2022 Board of Trustees election, two community-and-affiliate candidates will be selected to serve on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. This page contains an overview of the 2022 Board of Trustees election.
About the election
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation's operations. Community trustees and appointed trustees make up the Board of Trustees. Each trustee serves a three year term. The Wikimedia community has the opportunity to vote for community-and-affiliate selected trustees. Two candidates will join the Board of Trustees. The selected candidates will first be shortlisted by the affiliates and finally selected by the community.
Desired skills and experiences
Wikimedia is a global movement and the Board seeks candidates from the broader community. Ideal candidates align with the Wikimedia mission and are thoughtful, respectful, and community-oriented.
The Board would like to find perspectives and voices that are underrepresented and essential for our movement. To fill gaps in historic and current representation within the Board, the Board of Trustees hopes to encourage applications especially from those with experience in the following regions: Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia and Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean. Desired regional experience is not a requirement, but a bonus factor. Instead of being mandatory, these are important characteristics that the Board asks everyone to consider.
The Board understands it is possible that some candidates from deprioritized regions bring a better lens on diversity than some other candidates from prioritized regions who are not familiar with equity considerations. Candidates should share how their experiences have equipped them to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The areas of experience that the Board has indicated would be most beneficial for new trustees to bring are:
- Organizational strategy and management
- Enterprise-level platform technology and/or product development
- Public policy and the law
- Social data science, big data analysis, and machine learning
Learn more about the desired perspectives, experiences and skills for candidates to have in this election on the Apply to be a Candidate page.
Affiliate organization involvement
The affiliate organizations will vote in this election in July to shortlist six candidates from the candidate pool. Each affiliate organization will be allowed one vote. This vote will be using the Single Transferable Vote method. Affiliate organizations should discuss the candidates the affiliate organization would like to select. Candidates should be ranked in order of preference.
The Affiliate Representatives were able to ask questions for the candidates to answer. Candidates will publish answers starting on June 24.
To assist with this selection process, an Analysis Committee will be formed.
The Analysis Committee is formed from the affiliates during late April and May. The Analysis Committee is composed of 9 representatives of affiliates (including all chapters, user groups, and thematic groups) from regions across the movement. One each from:
- CEE (Central & Eastern Europe);
- ESEAP (East and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific region);
- Sub-saharan Africa;
- Latin America and the Caribbean;
- MENA (Middle East and North Africa);
- North America (USA and Canada);
- Northern and Western Europe;
- South Asia;
- plus one for thematic affiliates.
The Analysis Committee evaluates the candidates against the skills and diversity, equity and inclusion criteria shared by the Board of Trustees. The Analysis Committee will use the statements the candidates answer on their application to rate the candidates. The Analysis Committee will rate candidates with a gold/silver/bronze framework. This rating will be used to provide input to the affiliate organizations when they plan their vote. The details of the evaluation of each candidate will not be shared.
After the six candidates have been selected during the affiliate organization voting process, the ratings of each selected candidate will be published to inform the community vote. This process aims to find the best balance between sharing useful information and minimizing unnecessary exposure of candidates.
Selected committee members
|CEE (Central & Eastern Europe)|
|ESEAP (East, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific)|
|Latin America and the Caribbean|
|MENA (Middle East and North Africa)|
|Western & Northern Europe|
|SAARC (South Asia)|
Some community members noted it was challenging selecting candidates in 2021. The number of candidates was quite large. To support the selection process for community members, a voting advice tool will be developed. This will be similar to the voting advice tool used for the Movement Charter Drafting Committee selection process.
|Mid-April – early May 2022||
|Late April – early May 2022||
|Mid-May – early June 2022||
|June 10, 2022 – June 17, 2022||
|June 18, 2022 – June 24, 2022||
|June 24, 2022 – June 30, 2022||
|July 1, 2022 – July 15, 2022||
|Mid-July – early August 2022||
|Mid-July – mid-August||
|August 15, 2022 – August 29, 2022||
|End of August 2022||
|End of August – early September||
|Early October 2022||