Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

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The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the foundation and its work, as its ultimate corporate authority.


The Board was formed in 2003 with three Trustees, and since 2008 consists of up to ten Trustees. It appoints four officers: a Chair and Vice Chair (who have to be Trustees), and a Treasurer and Secretary (who do not). The work of the board partly involves resolutions and votes. Other work is delegated to a number of committees covering matters such as Board Governance, Audit, and Human Resources.

The Board is composed of the following seats:

Contacting the Board[edit]

There is a Board noticeboard for sharing requests and recommendations. The Board can be contacted directly by either posting to the noticeboard, or by email to The Foundation itself can be contacted in a number of ways as outlined on their contact page.

Current members[edit]

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees questions and answers session at Wikimania 2015
Photo Name Seat Role Term ends Notes
Alice Wiegand-2.jpg Alice Wiegand (User:Lyzzy) Appointed Vice Chair December 31, 2016 [Notes 1]
Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak-2.jpg Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak (User:Pundit) Community Wikimania 2017 [Notes 2]
Frieda Brioschi -1.jpg Frieda Brioschi (User:Frieda) Affiliates Wikimania 2016 [Notes 3]
Guy Kawasaki at Wikimania 2015 - 2.jpg Guy Kawasaki Appointed December 31, 2016 [Notes 4]
Jimmy Wales-1.jpg Jimmy Wales (User:Jimbo Wales) Founder December 31, 2018 [Notes 5]
Kelly Battles - January 2016 by Myleen Hollero.jpg Kelly Battles Appointed December 31, 2017 [Notes 6]
María Sefidari.JPG María Sefidari (User:Raystorm) Community[Notes 7] Wikimania 2017 [Notes 8]
Patricio Lorente 2.jpg Patricio Lorente (User:Patricio.lorente) Affiliates Chair Wikimania 2016 [Notes 9]
Vacant Appointed [Notes 10]
Vacant Community [Notes 11]
  1. Reappointed on August 7, 2014
  2. Appointed on July 16, 2015
  3. Appointed on August 7, 2014
  4. Appointed on March 16, 2015
  5. Reappointed on November 7, 2015
  6. Appointed on December 9, 2015
  7. This seat is typically filled after a nomination by volunteer community members. In 2016, the board filled a vacancy here by referencing a nominating process, but without there being a formal nomination.
  8. Appointed to fill vacancy left by Board resolution
  9. Reappointed on August 7, 2014
  10. Vacant as of 2016-01-27, due to a resignation announcement
  11. Vacant as of 2016-04-08, due to a resignation announcement

Former members[edit]

From the Board Chart template:
User:Raystorm User:Phoebe User:Lyzzy User:Patricio.lorente user:Bishdatta User:Phoebe User:Sj User:Akl User:Mhalprin User:Sj User:Midom User:Wing User:Michael Snow User:Midom User:Frieda User:Stu user:anthere User:Mindspillage User:Oscar User:Mindspillage User:Eloquence User:Jan-Bart User:Angela User:Anthere User:Mdavis User:TimShell User:Jimbo Wales Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
User:Raystorm User:Doc James User:Denny User:Pundit User:Guy Kawasaki User:Frieda User:Lyzzy User:Bishdatta User:Lyzzy User:Patricio.lorente User:Raystorm User:Phoebe User:Sj User:Stu User:Jan-Bart User:Jimbo Wales Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees


Further reading[edit]