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The results from this year’s community selection of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees are in! Congratulations to María Sefidari (User:Raystorm), Dariusz Jemielniak (User:pundit), and James Heilman (User:Doc James) for receiving the most community support. They will begin the three-year terms being filled through this process after they are officially appointed by the current trustees, which will occur at their August meeting at Wikimania 2017.

This year, 5,120 community members from over 170 home wikis participated—very close to the record setting 2015 total of 5,167, and with a voting period 24 hours shorter. The votes have been reviewed, counted, and certified by the Wikimedia Foundation elections committee, the Foundation staff advisors to the committee, and the Board of Trustees. More detailed results are currently available on Meta-Wiki and additional statistics on the elections will soon be available as well.

Thank you to everyone who voted! You helped make this one of the most representative elections that the Wikimedia Foundation has held. Thank you as well to all of the candidates—who put in a lot of time and offered even more of their time and talent to the movement. Finally, thank you to the dozens of volunteers and Foundation staff who have been working over the past couple of months to prepare the election.

The selection process for the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) and FDC Ombudsperson are now underway, with nominations and questions being accepted until May 28 (23:59 UTC). Voting for the five open seats on the FDC and open Ombudsperson position will begin on June 3 and conclude on June 11 (23:59 UTC). More information is available on Meta-Wiki.

Once again, congratulations to María, Dariusz, and James on receiving the community’s support to serve on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.

Katie Chan, Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee
Joe Sutherland, Community Advocate, Wikimedia Foundation

Photo credits, clockwise from top left (1, 2, 3), by Ruby Mizrahi, Victor Grigas, and Victor Grigas, all with the Wikimedia Foundation, CC BY-SA 3.0Logo by Neolux, later revised by the Wikimedia Foundation, CC-BY-SA 3.0.

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