Katherine Maher

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Katherine Maher

Katherine Maher

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Biography

Katherine Maher is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation and oversees the operations of the organization and its professional staff.

Originally from Connecticut, USA, Katherine has spent her career at the intersection of technology, human rights, democracy and international development. Before joining the Foundation, she was Advocacy Director for the international digital rights organization Access in Washington, D.C., where she worked on global policy issues related to freedom of expression, access to information and privacy.

Prior to Access, Katherine was an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations Specialist at the World Bank; ICT Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute; and Innovation and Communication Officer at UNICEF, where she was a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation team. She joined the Wikimedia Foundation in 2014 as the organization’s first Chief Communications Officer.

Katherine received her Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in 2005 from New York University’s College of Arts and Science, after studying at the Arabic Language Institute of the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and Institut français d’études arabes de Damas (L’IFEAD) in Damascus, Syria.

Katherine is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and her writings on human rights, technology and foreign policy have appeared in various publications, including the book “State Power 2.0” and periodicals Foreign Policy, the Atlantic and the Guardian. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Open Technology Fund and the board of the Sunlight Foundation. Katherine is based in San Francisco, though it may be more accurate to say she lives in a metal tube in the sky.

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Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

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Founder & Chairman Emeritus at Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

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Treasurer & Trustee at Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

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Chief Financial Officer at The Galloway School

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Vice President, Revenue & Analytics at Yelp, Inc.

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Co-Founder at The Mitchell Kapor Foundation

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Former Director, Community at Reddit, Inc.

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Chief Creative Officer at Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

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Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer at Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

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General Counsel & Secretary at Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
2016 - Current

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. operates online collaborative wiki projects. The firm is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the content of wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. Its projects include Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wikiversity, Wikimedia Incubator, and Meta-Wiki. The company was founded by Jimmy Donal Wales in 2003 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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