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User Mindspillage
Real name Kathleen Walsh
Location Herndon, Virginia, USA (a suburb of Washington, DC)
Age 24
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.

For questions, please post here Board elections/2007/Candidates/Mindspillage/questions