|Real name||Kathleen Walsh|
|Location||Herndon, Virginia, USA (a suburb of Washington, DC)|
|User page(s)||en.wikipedia, en.wikinews, meta, foundation|
|Wikimedia participant since||June 2004|
|Projects in which I participate||English Wikipedia, English Wikinews, Meta, limited participation on various other projects.|
|Languages in which I participate||English, basic Spanish|
|Link to user contribution pages||en.wikipedia, en.wikinews, meta|
|My candidate statement||I found Wikipedia in 2004 and began quietly writing about classical music, wondering what kind of crazy person spent so much time on it. A year later I was on OTRS, a press contact, and a founding member of the Communications Committee; I was then appointed to the Board in December 2006.
I'm currently in law school, where I staff a law and economics journal. I am an intern for a nonprofit online legal education project, and a classical musician.
While on the board I worked with issues including licensing policy, free content and free culture advocacy, public relations, and strategic decisions such as branding and partnership; I hope to see some of these issues through beyond the short term I've already served.
My interest is for the Board to act with a long-term view of its mission in mind, and not to take actions which might compromise WMF's future. To do this we must have a clear picture of what our values are and what our mission is, and we must maintain our commitment to being a free resource so the content does not need WMF to survive. Beyond this, I see us pursuing partnerships with like-minded organizations to carry our mission beyond the scope of what Wikimedia can do.
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