Minutes/2015-03

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WMF Board minutes

March 16, 2015

  • Location: San Francisco and web conference (Google Hangout)
  • Board of Trustees present: Jan-Bart de Vreede (Chair), Patricio Lorente (Vice-Chair), Phoebe Ayers, Frieda Brioschi (present for most of the meeting), Sam Klein, Maria Sefidari, Jimmy Wales (present for most of the meeting), Stu West, and Alice Wiegand.
  • Non-Board members present: Lila Tretikov (Executive Director), Geoff Brigham (Secretary and General Counsel), Stephen LaPorte (Legal Counsel), Trish Silber (retreat facilitator), Kim Gilbey (strategy coordinator).

Jan-Bart called to order a special meeting of the Board of Trustees at 12:00 PM PST. Stu, Lila, Geoff, Kim and Stephen were present in San Francisco, and Jan-Bart, Patricio, Phoebe, Sam, Maria, Alice, and Trish joined remotely via web conference. Stephen called roll and confirmed that a quorum was present and able to simultaneously hear the meeting. During the course of the meeting, Jimmy and Frieda joined via web conference.

Resolutions

Strategy update

Lila introduced Kim Gilbey, who updated the Board on the WMF's strategy process. The goal of this year's strategy process was to design an iterative strategy that allowed the WMF to make adjustments in response to changes in the web environment. The strategy is built through three phases: internal research at the WMF, external dialogue, and implementation. In March, the WMF undertook to engage the community in a visioning exercise to get feedback on emerging trends that will impact the WMF and Wikimedia projects in the future. Kim reviewed some of the preliminary findings from the community consultation, such as patterns of feedback about the importance of language and translation capabilities and truthful, neutral, and high-quality content. The consultation included responses from a diverse set of languages and countries, and the strategy team is continuing to analyze the feedback.

Kim was excused after this portion of the meeting.

Lila reviewed her goals and upcoming organizational changes, such as the VP of Partnerships and the interim COO position.

Board composition discussion

The Board reviewed the Board composition discussion from the February 6th meeting. Board members discussed potential options to address diversity on the Board, including possible changes to the public election process to attract more diverse candidates for the Board. The Board discussed the feedback from a discussion with the community. The Board asked a team of Board members to continue to evaluate potential improvements to the Board's selection and election processes.

The meeting concluded around 1:30PM.