Wikimedia Foundation elections/FDC Ombudsperson elections/2013/Candidates/zh
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|The election ended 22 June 2013. No more votes will be accepted.|
The results were announced on 24 June 2013.
Matthew Bisanz (MBisanz)
|声明||Hi, my name is Matt and I've been an editor since 2005, highly active since 2007. In that time, I've been involved with many facets of the Wikimedia movement, including as an Audit Committee member of the Wikimedia Foundation, former Audit Committee Chair of Wikimedia DC, and a board member of Wikimedia NYC. I'm currently also a Steward and serve on the Audit Subcommittee of the English Wikipedia. As a new entity in the Wikimedia movement, the FDC needs to gain the community's trust to operate effectively. The ombudsperson serves a key role in providing an impartial review of complaints regarding the FDC. Through ombudsperson reviews and investigations, the community can see where the FDC is functioning effectively and how the FDC and Board takes seriously and resolves deviations from stated procedures and instructions. I believe my prior experiences with the movement and in real life as a accountant have given me the skills to effectively function as ombudsperson. Thank you for your time.|
I am admitted as a CPA (NY) and have an MBA/graduate certificate in strategy and leadership studies. These professional qualifications will act in combination with my prior experience in grant administration in graduate school and work in various audit roles in the Wikimedia movement to help me effectively review and investigate annual plans and the processes surrounding their creation.
I spent two years in college working in grants administration and on a research grant. I understand the need for compliance with grantmaking rules, as well as the practical complexities faced by grantees in complying with the rules. I also have worked in the tax-exempt organizations group of a large accounting firm and understand the basic principles of charitable organization operations.
The ombudsperson serves as an impartial investigator and reviewer of the FDC process in general and of complaints other than FDC allocation recommendations in particular to help the community, Board and the FDC understand the effectiveness of the grantmaking process and to attempt to resolve disputes involving the operation of the process.
The primary types of complaints I envision involve failures to communicate between requestors and the FDC that relate to the developing nature of the grantmaking process and failures to communicate among the network of parties involved in the process (staff administering legacy grants, board members, etc.). I also see the ombudsperson providing an impartial view of the grantmaking process to (hopefully) validate community faith in the effective operation of the FDC process and provide a dedicated means of synthesizing feedback to improve the grantmaking process in the future.
Susana Morais (Lusitana)
|声明||I believe in the Wikimedia movement and that all the work we do has the final objective to grant every human around the world free access to the sum of all knowledge.|
Being a board member of Wikimedia Portugal since it's foundation has helped me understand how chapters function, and the work involved in developing programs and annual plans.
I am specially experienced in the dynamics of small chapters and their need for funding, and the difficulties concerning requesting/reporting.
The Ombudsperson has to document complaints, so that difficulties and problems felt by all interested parties are adressed and the process can be improved. The Ombudsperson also has to summarize annually all feedback received concerning the process (from Portal navigability to clarity in the forms, etc.). To do this a good understanding of the FDC process is required. I think it is important that all complaints are taken into account, so that the process can be transparent and trustworthy. I also believe that the Ombudsperson's role can still be improved in the future, since we all made a great deal of learning this first year.
Using as an example the complaints that were directed to me this last year (as Ombudsperson), be it a complaint about the eligibility process or about donations and fund allocations, I believe that, in case of the need for an investigation, it is important to look at the context of each complaint impartially and not deal with all complaints in a standardized fashion. It is important to gather all points of view and facts, so that the process is clear, and that we can all understand what went wrong, and how to make it better the next time.