During the 2022 Board of Trustees election, two community-and-affiliate candidates will be selected to serve on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. This page contains an overview of the 2022 Board of Trustees election.
About the electionEdit
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation's operations. Community trustees and appointed trustees make up the Board of Trustees. Each trustee serves a three year term. The Wikimedia community has the opportunity to vote for community-and-affiliate selected trustees. Two candidates will join the Board of Trustees. The selected candidates will first be shortlisted by the affiliates and finally selected by the community.
Desired skills and experiencesEdit
Wikimedia is a global movement and the Board seeks candidates from the broader community. Ideal candidates align with the Wikimedia mission and are thoughtful, respectful, and community-oriented.
The Board would like to find perspectives and voices that are underrepresented and essential for our movement. To fill gaps in historic and current representation within the Board, the Board of Trustees hopes to encourage applications especially from those with experience in the following regions: Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia and Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean. Desired regional experience is not a requirement, but a bonus factor. Instead of being mandatory, these are important characteristics that the Board asks everyone to consider.
The Board understands it is possible that some candidates from deprioritized regions bring a better lens on diversity than some other candidates from prioritized regions who are not familiar with equity considerations. Candidates should share how their experiences have equipped them to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The areas of experience that the Board has indicated would be most beneficial for new trustees to bring are:
- Organizational strategy and management
- Enterprise-level platform technology and/or product development
- Public policy and the law
- Social data science, big data analysis, and machine learning
Learn more about the desired perspectives, experiences and skills for candidates to have in this election on the Apply to be a Candidate page.
Some community members noted it was challenging selecting candidates in 2021. The number of candidates was quite large. To support the selection process for community members, an Election Compass (voting advice tool) will be developed. This will be similar to the Election Compass used for the Movement Charter Drafting Committee selection process.
|Mid-April – early May 2022||
|Late April – early May 2022||
|Mid-May – early June 2022||
|June 10, 2022 – June 17, 2022||
|June 18, 2022 – June 24, 2022||
|June 24, 2022 – June 30, 2022||
|July 1, 2022 – July 15, 2022||
|Mid-July – early August 2022||
|Mid-July – mid-August||
|August 16, 2022 – August 30, 2022||
|End of August 2022||
|End of August – early September||
|Early October 2022||
Affiliate organization involvementEdit
The affiliate organizations voted in this election in July to shortlist six candidates from the candidate pool. Each affiliate organization was allowed one vote. This selection used the Single Transferable Vote method. Affiliate organizations discussed the candidates the affiliate organization wanted to select. Candidates ranked candidates in order of preference.
The Affiliate Representatives were able to ask questions for the candidates to answer. Candidates published answers starting on June 24.
To assist with this selection process, an Analysis Committee was be formed.
The Analysis Committee was formed from the affiliates during late April and May. The Analysis Committee was planned to be composed of 9 representatives of affiliates (including all chapters, user groups, and thematic groups) from regions across the movement. One each from:
- CEE (Central & Eastern Europe);
- ESEAP (East and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific region);
- Sub-saharan Africa;
- Latin America and the Caribbean;
- MENA (Middle East and North Africa);
- North America (USA and Canada);
- Northern and Western Europe;
- South Asia;
- plus one for thematic affiliates.
There was no representative from the Northern and Western Europe or South Asia.
The Analysis Committee evaluated the candidates against the skills and diversity, equity and inclusion criteria shared by the Board of Trustees. The Analysis Committee used the statements the candidates answered on their application to rate the candidates. The Analysis Committee rated candidates with a gold/silver/bronze framework. This rating was used to provide input to the affiliate organizations when they planned their vote. The details of the evaluation of each candidate will not be shared.
After the six candidates were selected during the affiliate organization voting process, the ratings of each selected candidate were published to inform the community vote. This process aims to find the best balance between sharing useful information and minimizing unnecessary exposure of candidates.
Selected committee membersEdit
|CEE (Central & Eastern Europe)|
|ESEAP (East, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific)|
|Latin America and the Caribbean|
|MENA (Middle East and North Africa)|
|Western & Northern Europe|
|SAARC (South Asia)|
The Analysis Committee worked from late May to mid-June. Details of their meetings and process can be found on the Analysis Committee Discussions.
The Board Selection Task Force and the Elections Committee developed a set of evaluation criteria for the Analysis Committee to evaluate candidates against. The Analysis Committee members assessed candidates individually. Only two Movement Strategy and Governance facilitators who supported the process had access to these individual scores.