Resolution:Publication of draft Trustee evaluation rubric

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    Resolutions Resolution: Publication of draft Trustee evaluation rubric Errors?
    This resolution was approved on September 24, 2020.

    Whereas, the Board of Trustees has determined that there should be a robust, transparent rubric for evaluating a Trustee candidate’s fitness to serve on the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees;

    Whereas, this rubric is to be applied to every Trustee candidate that the Board considers for appointment, including candidates for Board-selected seats; and

    Whereas, the Board would like input from Wikimedia communities for consideration, along with the Board’s governance needs, in creating the initial version of the rubric (which will be published publicly and reviewed periodically);

    Now, therefore, it is:

    RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes for publication and community discussion the following draft Trustee evaluation rubric:

    Trustee Evaluation Rubric
    Years of Experience
    <1 1-2 2-5 5-10 10+
    Wikimedia experience.

    The candidate is a dedicated contributor to the Wikimedia movement. Eligible contributions include: contributions to the Wikimedia projects, membership in a Wikimedia organization or affiliate, activities as a Wikimedia movement organizer, or participation with a Wikimedia movement ally organization.

    Board experience.

    The candidate has served on the board of trustees/directors or other similar governing body of a nationally- or globally-focused organization (non-profit, for-profit, or governmental).

    Executive experience.

    The candidate has worked at an executive level for an organization, department, or project of comparable (or greater) size, complexity, and scope to the Wikimedia Foundation.

    Subject matter expertise.

    The candidate has worked or significantly volunteered in an area relevant to the work of the Foundation and the Board. Such areas will be determined on an annual basis and may include areas such as Global movement building and community organization, enterprise-level platform technology and/or product development, public policy and the law, knowledge sector (e.g., academia/GLAM/education), human rights and social justice, open Internet/free and open source software, organizational strategy and management, finance and financial oversight, non-profit fundraising, human resources, board governance.

    Diversity: Background

    The candidate belongs or belonged to a group that has faced historical discrimination and underrepresentation in structures of power (related to, for example, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ identity, social class, economic status, or caste).

    Diversity: Diversity: Geography

    The candidate would contribute to the overall geographic diversity of the Board of Trustees, based on the geographic regions where they have lived.

    Diversity: Language

    The candidate is a native speaker of a language other than English.

    Diversity: Political system experience

    The candidate has substantial experience living in and/or working to share knowledge in a non-democratic, state-censoring, or repressive context.


    María Sefidari (Chair), Esra'a Al Shafei, Shani Evenstein Sigalov, Tanya Capuano, Dariusz Jemielniak, Lisa Lewin, Raju Narisetti, Jimmy Wales
    Not approve
    James Heilman
    Not present
    Nataliia Tymkiv (Vice Chair)