Welcome Sara Crouse to the WMF staff

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Earlier today we sent the following note about a new staff member for the Foundation to our staff and public mailing lists.  I’m happy to share it here as well.
It is with great pleasure that I announce Sara Crouse as Head of Partnerships and Foundation Relations with the Wikimedia Foundation. As some of you know, Sara has been working with us for several months in the fundraising area on a contract basis. When Sara came to us, we were developing our fundraising strategy and determining how to staff ourselves to that end.  In this new role Sara will be working closely with the fundraising and programming team to explore new opportunities and to support our ongoing work with foundations and other organizations.
We are pleased that she is able to become a permanent member of the team now that our strategy has been developed.
Sara has several years of fundraising experience. She spent the last 5 years in various positions with Cambridge in America;, the most recent as Associate Director of Research. In that role, she identified and
researched donor prospects, worked on cultivation strategy and worked with volunteer leadership and supporters to advance Major Gifts efforts.
Prior to Cambridge in America, Sara worked for RKO PIctures and TransPerfect Translations. Sara also managed special events for the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
She holds an M.A. from NYU and a B.A from Georgetown University.
Please join me in welcoming Sara to the Wikimedia Foundation.
Veronique Kessler
Chief Financial and Operating Officer<

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Welcome to the Wikimedia Foundation. I have just joined and I feel that I may have some interesting photos and facts to add to the foundation. I have worked as a photojournalist & a combat photographer with the military for 24 years. In fact, I have seen some of my photos posted in the Wikipedia free encyclopedia.
If there’s are any photo project I can help you with, let me know.
-Stephen Lewald

Hello Sara.
Can you help us understand better what your new job will be about ?

Thanks everyone for such a warm (official) welcome to the Wikimedia community! Were I not en route to Wikimania I would have posted earlier. 🙂 The partnerships position is newly created and will involve building relationships with both grant making foundations and like-minded organizations. The goal is to diversify and increase our funding resources, for one; of equal if not greater importance, we want to maximize our collective ability, with our peers, to share free knowledge! In the short term, I will also be working with the new fundraising staff (Rebecca and Rand) to transition the fundraising program to a… Read more »