Katherine Maher joins the Wikimedia Foundation as Chief Communications Officer

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Photo by Myleen Hollero/Wikimedia Foundation, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Photo by Myleen Hollero/Wikimedia Foundation, CC BY-SA 3.0.

We’re happy to announce that Katherine Maher has joined the Wikimedia Foundation as Chief Communications Officer. She officially stepped into her new role as head of WMF communications on April 14, reporting to the Executive Director.
In her role as CCO, Katherine will work to ensure fast, easy information flow about Wikimedia in multiple languages, both internally within the movement and outside of it. She’ll also work to provide vital communications support to WMF’s various departments and programs, as well as the broader Wikimedia movement.
Katherine comes to us from Washington D.C., where she was most recently Advocacy Director for Access, a global digital rights organization. At Access, she was responsible for media and communications, including communications between the organization and its 350,000 members. She handled urgent global threats to digital rights and participated in the organization’s strategic planning. In addition, she was deeply involved with the production of RightsCon—a conference series convening key stakeholders and influential voices on the issue of preserving a free and open internet that supports digital rights and free expression.
Katherine’s experiences advocating for the rights of ordinary internet users and engaging with a large global community make her an exceptional fit for this new role. We are thrilled to have her aboard.
Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation

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Congratulations and best wishes on your new job Katherine. I’m far more comfortable on FB and Twitter, so that’s where I looked you up. The toast did look amazing btw… I’m here in response to an article I read in the BBC on the lack of women contributing to Wikipedia. I’ve come to add information about the music and people who influenced African-American art during segregration, particularly in New Orleans. My partner is a long-time Wiki editor and I’ve connected with a handful of bloggers with extensive information and passion for this subject. I’ll just do the groundwork with the… Read more »


i will pray for you as if you be successful.

Congratulations to Katherine on the new job, and congrats to Wikimedia for such a wonderful addition to the team!

Congratulations and accolades to you Katherine!!!