Lena Traer
Lena Traer
Creative Project Manager, Wikimedia Foundation
"Planning before work protects you from regret." – Inscription on a bowl, 10th century, Iran

About me

Prior to joining the Wikimedia Foundation in 2016, I provided program and project management support at Heart to Heart, a 501(с)(3) international non-profit in Oakland, CA dedicated to expanding access to cardiac surgery in the underserved areas of the world for children born with life-threatening heart defects.

I grew up in Siberia, Russia and graduated from Omsk State University with a Master of Laws degree, with an emphasis in intellectual property. As a college sophomore, I began working full-time with an agency involved in cultural exchange programs, recruiting Russian students to study and work abroad. Upon completing my degree, I came to San Francisco as a trainee with Intrax Cultural Exchange, a Department of State designated J1 visa sponsor.

I have a lifelong interest in languages, literature, and the interrelation of countries and cultures. I've studied in the UK and worked in the U.S., France and New Zealand. I am bilingual in English and Russian, speak comfortable French and basic Japanese. In my spare time, I translate children’s and YA books – four titles published in Russia to date.

My work

As a Creative Project Manager in the Communications department, I oversee design and media projects that advance Wikimedia brands and activities around the world.

This year, I lead Wikipedia 20 activities for the Wikimedia Foundation.

Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

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