Woubzena Jifar
Woubzena Jifar
Program Officer, Rapid Grants, Wikimedia Foundation

About me

I come to the Wikimedia movement with experience in philanthropy. I've worked in philanthropy both in Northern and Southern California. Most recently I worked for the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society with the mission to develop and share knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society and effect social change.

I was born and raised in Ethiopia and ever since my first plane ride I have been obsessed with traveling. Of course now that I live in the US I spend a lot of time traveling back to Ethiopia. In addition, I have been to Europe, Latin America and a couple of countries in East Africa other than Ethiopia. When I'm not out and about I occupy my time hanging out with friends, cooking, knitting and attempting to write poetry.

My work

I am the program officer for rapid grants at the Wikimedia Foundation. The Rapid Grants program funds Wikimedia community members - individuals, groups, or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects or commons - to organize projects throughout the year up to US $2000. As the new program officer for rapid grants I look forward to getting to know the various communities that contribute to the Wikimedia movement.

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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