Board Meetings/April 21, 2020/Minutes
April 21, 2020
Board of Trustees present: Nataliia Tymkiv (Vice Chair), Esra'a Al Shafei, Tanya Capuano, James Heilman, Dariusz Jemielniak, Lisa Lewin (present for part of the meeting), Raju Narisetti, Shani Evenstein Sigalov, Jimmy Wales
Board of Trustees absent: María Sefidari (Chair)
Non-Board members present: Katherine Maher (Executive Director), Amanda Keton (Secretary; General Counsel), Jaime Villagomez (Treasurer; Chief Financial Officer), Ryan Merkley (Chief of Staff), Chuck Roslof (Senior Legal Counsel)
The meeting was called to order at 9:03 AM PDT. The Secretary confirmed the presence of a quorum. The Vice Chair welcomed everyone and reviewed the agenda.
Community Selection of Trustees
The Board discussed a recommendation from the Board Governance Committee to postpone the process for community selection of trustees, planned for April-June 2020, out of concern that the circumstances of the global COVID-19 pandemic would prevent critical community stakeholders and potential candidates from being able to participate.
After a motion by Tanya, seconded by Nataliia, the Board agreed to postpone the community selection of trustees and extend the terms of the currently-serving trustees in the affected seats.
Community Health Statement
Lisa Lewin left partway through this portion of the meeting.
The Board discussed a proposed statement on community health, for it to issue as a follow-up and expansion to its statement from 2016, that trustees had developed in coordination with staff from the Foundation’s Legal department (including the Trust & Safety team). Trustees discussed potential changes to the wording used in the statement, and requested more time to provide feedback and refine it. The Board agreed to reconvene in another special meeting on this topic a couple weeks later.