Board Meetings/May 11, 2020/Minutes

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May 11, 2020

Location: Online

Board of Trustees present: Nataliia Tymkiv (Vice Chair), Esra'a Al Shafei, Tanya Capuano, James Heilman, Dariusz Jemielniak, Lisa Lewin, 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), Maggie Dennis (Vice President of Community Resilience & Sustainability)

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 Health Statement

The Board discussed a proposed statement on community health, revised from the version discussed in the April 21 meeting. Lisa facilitated the discussion, with each trustee and some key staff members given an opportunity to share their reactions and recommendations for how to proceed. There was general agreement about much of the statement, but trustees shared some concerns with some particular points and language used. At the same time, trustees expressed concern that many rounds of suggested edits had made the statement less clear. Staff explained the potential benefits of a statement from the Board, and the ways it would help the Foundation be effective in its trust and safety work to work with communities, protect vulnerable people in our movement, and ensure overall community health.

The Board decided to take more time to revise the statement, and discuss it again at its planned meeting on May 22.