This proposal has been approved by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
It may not be circumvented, eroded, or ignored by Wikimedia Foundation officers or staff nor local policies of any Wikimedia project.
|This resolution summarizing the benefits of committees and including a summary of the current committee structure was approved with 7 approvals in January 2009.|
The Board recognizes that the community, Foundation staff, and the Board all benefit from the valuable role committees play. The Board also recognizes that, given the dynamic nature of committees within our community, a summary of the current committee structure would be helpful. The Board resolves that the following are the currently active committees, and also resolves to officially disband a variety of inactive bodies.
The Board of Trustees creates Board Committees, which are typically led by a Board member and may include representatives from the community, advisory board, staff, board, or outside advisors. The following are the current Board Committees:
- The Audit Committee
- The ED Evaluation Committee
- The Nominating Committee
- Elections committees to conduct each Board election (e.g. 2008 Elections Committee)
The Board also appoints the Ombudsman Committee.
The Foundation Staff may create Staff Committees, which are typically led by a member of the staff and may include representatives from the community, advisory board, staff, board, or outside advisors. Past committees include the Technical Committee and Fundraising Committee, which are not currently active. The following are the currently active Staff Committees:
The Board also recognizes certain Community Committees, which are typically led by a Community member and may include representatives from the community, advisory board, staff, board, or outside advisors. The following are currently recognized Community Committees:
- The Chapters Committee
- The Language Committee
- Committees related to Wikimania
Independent of the Board and the Foundation staff, projects regularly create committees for organization and governance, such as the Arbitration Committees.
For purposes of clarity, the Board considers these committees to be inactive and hereby disbands them:
- The Board Expansion Committee (replaced by the Nominating Committee)
- The Events Committee
- The Executive Committee
- The Financial Committee (now handled by Foundation staff with Board oversight from the Audit Committee)
- The Insurance Committee (responsibility of the Executive Director in consultation with the Board)
- The Special Projects Committee
- The Static Content Committee
- The Technical Committee (responsibility of the Chief Technical Officer)
- The Trademarks Committee
Approved 7-0. In favor: Jan-Bart, Jimmy, Ting, Kat, Michael, Domas, Stu.
Note: This resolution appears as it was voted in January 2009. An up-to-date list of current committees is available at Wikimedia committees on meta-wiki.