Wikimedia Foundation elections/Board elections/2007/Candidates/UninvitedCompany/en
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|Real name||Steve Dunlop|
|Location||Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA|
|User page(s)||meta, en, commons|
|Wikimedia participant since||March 27, 2003|
|Projects in which I participate||Wikipedia, Meta, with minor involvement at commons and Wikibooks|
|Languages in which I participate||English|
|Link to user contribution pages||en, meta|
|My candidate statement||I've been involved for over four years, now, and have held a variety of volunteer posts with ENWP and with the Foundation. I was probably best known for my OTRS work up until my recent election to the ENWP arbitration committee. I work as a software development manager and as a semiprofessional musician in addition to my volunteer work.
In essence, the purpose of my candidacy is to bring a higher degree of professionalism to the Board of Trustees and the daily operations of the Foundation. The Foundation needs to attract large donors to maintain solvency without resorting to advertising. To attract large donors, the leadership of the Foundation from the Board on down must be professional and responsible, and must be able to reconcile the unique values of the constituent projects with the expectations of the donor community. This will involve bylaws changes to assure donors that future boards will be well qualified. It will also require that we make the Executive Director position an attractive one to the top-flight talent we want. That will mean more delegation and will require a board that is comfortable leading rather than doing. As a member of the Board of Trustees, my work would be directed almost exclusively towards making these changes.
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