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Wikimedia Foundation elections 2015/Committee

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Info The election ended 31 May 2015. No more votes will be accepted.
The results were announced on 5 June 2015. Please consider submitting any feedback regarding the 2015 election on the election's post mortem page.

The 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee manages the details of the election organization within the capacity delegated to them by the Board of Trustees, subject to Board overview, and may give recommendations to the Board about the elections.

Please note: Per request of the Board of Trustees the committee was reactivated on December 28th 2015 to discuss a vacancy on the Board. Given the intervening time some adjustments were made to the committee and are noted below in italics next to the individual names.


The Committee consists of members appointed by the Board of Trustees to organize the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation elections. Committee members must be editors of one or more Wikimedia projects, cannot be on the Board of Trustees or candidates in the election, and cannot vote in the election. The committee consists of the following members:

Name Languages Location (time zone)
Ajraddatz en-CA-N, fr-1 Canada
Anders Wennersten sv-N, no-4, en-4, da-3, de-2, fr-1 Stockholm, Sweden (UTC+2)
Daniel en-N South Australia
Gregory Varnum Recused from the committee and any discussion starting December 28th 2015 because of employment with the WMF Communications Department en-N Michigan, United States (UTC-4)
Katie Chan en-N, yue-N London, England (UTC+1)
Mardetanha az-N, fa-N, en-3, tr-2, ar-1, bqi-1, crh-1, glk-1, mzn-1, tk-1 Zanjan, Iran (UTC+4:30)
Ruslan en-3, ru-5 Moscow, Russia (UTC+3)
Savh es-N, nl-N, en-3, fr-2
Trijnstel nl-N, en-4, de-1, fr-1 Netherlands (UTC+2)

During the committee's first meeting, committee member Gregory Varnum was selected to serve as coordinator - to help facilitate discussions, assess consensus, and summarize internally what has been discussed and decided on.

Volunteer advisor
Board liaison
Alice Wiegand
Staff advisors

Geoff Brigham (General Counsel) and Philippe Beaudette (Director, Community Advocacy) also receive and are able to participate in email mailing list and meeting based conversations. Philippe Beaudette was no longer with the WMF and therefore did not take part in conversation after December 28th committee reactivation


See: Wikimedia Foundation elections 2015/Committee/Tasks

The Committee is responsible for planning and maintaining virtually every aspect of the elections. For example, the Committee plans the type of voting, suffrage criteria, and criteria for candidacy, drafts and organizes all of the official election pages on Meta, verifies that candidates and voters meet the criteria, audits votes to ensure there are no duplicate votes or other problems, et cetera.


The fastest way to contact the committee is via the 2015 elections talk page.

You may also contact the committee privately via email: board-elections(_AT_)lists.wikimedia.org


Main page: Wikimedia Foundation elections 2015/Committee/Minutes

The Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee holds regular meetings. Large portions of those minutes will be made available from this page.

Note that minutes must be approved by the committee before they are published here, so not all minutes will be immediately available.