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The Movement communications group (MoveCom) is a mailing list for members of the Wikimedia movement engaged in communications efforts either with Wikimedia projects or movement affiliates.

The aim of the group is to support communications efforts and collaborations across the Wikimedia movement. This includes communication with the general public, the media, and the Wikimedia movement. The group's primary method of communication is its private mailing list.

The group is facilitated by the Communications Committee and the Wikimedia Foundation Communications department. The primary contact for the group within the Foundation's Communications department is Gregory Varnum (gvarnum(_AT_)


Participants in Wikimedia movement affiliates and Wikimedia activities who are interested in engaging in or supporting movement communications efforts are encouraged to be part of the committee, and can request to be added to the mailing list.


Individuals interested in joining the mailing list may request to do so via Meta-Wiki.

If you require anonymity for personal safety reasons, please contact Gregory Varnum (gvarnum within the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department. The Communications department will make a determination on your request in consultation with the Foundation's Trust and Safety team.


All members of the mailing list are identified here. Members requiring anonymity for safety related reasons will be listed as "Anonymous" along with their general affiliation.

Current members
Name Affiliation Notes
Gregory Varnum [Varnent / GVarnum-WMF] Wikimedia Foundation List moderator and primary group contact from Wikimedia Foundation
Samantha Lien [SLien (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation List moderator
Heather Walls [Heather (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Samir Elsharbaty [Selsharbaty (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Ed Erhart [The ed17 / Ed Erhart (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Blanca Flores [BFlores (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Aubrie Johnson [AJohnson (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Lena Traer [LTraer (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Adora Svitak [ASvitak (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Zachary McCune [ZMcCune (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Anusha Alikhan [AAlikhan (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Nadee Gunasena [NGunasena (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Brooke Camarda [BCamarda (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Deborah Zierten [DZierten (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Essie Zar [EZar (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Katherine Maher [Katherine (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Jove Oliver Minassian Media Wikimedia Foundation consultant
Craig Minassian Minassian Media / Clinton Foundation[1] Wikimedia Foundation consultant
Elise Flick Minassian Media Wikimedia Foundation consultant
Perohanych Wikimedia Ukraine
Seddon (WMF) / Seddon Wikimedia Foundation
Jimmy Wales [Jimbo Wales] Wikimedia Foundation
Filip Maljković [Dungodung] Wikimedia Serbia
Luke Faraone [LFaraone] English Wikipedia
David Gerard [David Gerard] English Wikipedia / Wikimedia UK
Srikeit English Wikipedia
Rubin16 Wikimedia Russia
Quiddity (WMF) Wikimedia Foundation
Kevin Li [L235] English Wikipedia
Johan Jönsson [Julle] Swedish Wikipedia / Wikimedia Foundation
Ziko van Dijk Wikimedia Nederland
Maurizio Codogno [.mau.] Wikimedia Italia Spokesperson for Wikimedia Italia
Frédéric Schütz Wikimedia CH
Lisa Dittmer (WMDE) Wikimedia Deutschland
Axel Pettersson (WMSE) Wikimedia Sverige
Anna Wikimedia Ukraine
Jan Apel Wikimedia Deutschland
Megs Wikimedia New York City
LiAnna Davis [LiAnna (Wiki Ed)] Wiki Education Foundation
Lilli Iliev Wikimedia Deutschland
Robert Fernandez Wikimedia District of Columbia
Pru Mitchell Wikimedia Australia
Cornelius Kibelka Wikimedia Deutschland
Farhad Fatkullin [frhdkazan] Wikimedia Russia, Wikimedians of Tatar language Community User Group
Ilario Valdelli [Ilario] Wikimedia CH
Raju Narisetti [NarisettiRaju] Wikimedia Foundation
Samat Wikimédia Magyarország
Virginia Díez Wikimedia España
Arian Iranian Wikimedians User Group
Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska Wikimedia Polska
Agnieszka Marszał Wikimedia Poland
Michael Jahn Wikimedia Deutschland
Maggie Dennis [Mdennis (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation
Mike Peel
María Sefidari [Raystorm] Wikimedia Foundation
Itzik Edri [Itzike] Wikimedia Israel
Jeremy Baron [Jeremyb] Wikimedia New York City
Owula kpakpo [Owula kpakpo] Wikimedia Ghana User Group
Yuri Perohanych [Perohanych]
SRientjes Wikimedia Nederland
Asaf Bartov [Ijon / Asaf (WMF)] Wikimedia Foundation


The Movement communications group discusses and plans collaborations around communications efforts within the movement, such as:

  • Collaboration on movement-wide messaging and communications.
  • Working together on inquires from the media related to movement communications.
  • Planning and discussion related to major movement events and activities - such as project birthdays, regional conferences, Wikimania, and Wikimedia Hackathon.
  • Support of project and affiliate communications capacities - such as sharing ideas related to local communications activities, sharing best practices on use of social media, and seeking input on a new communications program.

Methods of communicatingEdit

Mailing listEdit

Currently, the group primarily communicates via a private mailing list. The mailing list's archives are only available to members (making the list private) to facilitate discussions around press articles (which may be copyrighted or otherwise protected from public distribution) and embargoed announcements.

You can request to join on Meta-Wiki.


All interactions and communication within the group, including on the group's mailing list, must follow the Wikimedia Foundation's Friendly space policy. Failure to follow this policy will result in removal from the group by the Wikimedia Foundation or Communications Committee.

Contacting the groupEdit

Anyone may contact the group with inquiries related to Wikimedia movement communications.

When to contact the groupEdit

Specifically, people are encouraged to contact the committee with:

  • Information on actions that may get attention from the press

How to contact the groupEdit

The best way to reach the committee is by sending an email to its private mailing list: movecom (note that to deal with spam, posts by non-members to the list are moderated).

Press liaisonsEdit

Anyone with a press inquiry or needing assistance with press outreach may contact the members of the Communications Department working with the press at: press

Whenever possible, the Communications Department works with local volunteers, movement affiliates, and the Communications Committee to connect the press with local people working on the Wikimedia projects.


The group has a private mailing list to facilitate planning and discussions. Other resources available to the committee include:

  • General communications resources at the Communications Resource Center
  • The press & translation queues in OTRS
  • The press release distribution and archive software on


The Movement communications group was created by the Wikimedia Foundation Communications department in March 2019. It was created based on the March 2019 composition of the Communications committee mailing list, which at the time had approximately 200 members. As a part of reconfiguring the Communications committee into a smaller group, the Movement communications group was created as a replacement for the more expansive group.