Candidates for the Board of Directors
- Mandatory Disclosures:
- (a) I have no direct or indirect financial interest in any ongoing or planned transaction or arrangement undertaken by Wikimedia District of Columbia.
- (b) I am not subject to any law, regulation, agreement, or other covenant that would prevent me from taking full part in the deliberations of the Board or would require me to excuse myself from such deliberations in circumstances other than those related to a financial conflict of interest.
- (c) I have not been convicted of any felony.
- (d) I am not an employee, director, officer, or agent of the Wikimedia Foundation, or of any Wikimedia chapter other than Wikimedia District of Columbia. I am a member of the Affiliations Committee and the Ombudsperson of the Funds Dissemination Committee, both of which are advisory committees to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, and have certain fiduciary duties to the Wikimedia Foundation in my capacity as a member of said committees.
- (e) I have participated in various Wikimedia projects as User:Kirill Lokshin since 2005, and have never been subject to disciplinary action on those projects.
My name is Kirill Lokshin ( on Wikipedia). I have been a member of the Board since Wikimedia DC was founded, serving as Secretary until December 2015 and as President since then. I last stood for election to the Board two years ago, in 2015.
Over the course of my current term, I've focused on establishing a robust framework for Wikimedia DC's program portfolio and leveraging that framework to achieve significant growth in organizational capacity and funding. In the past year, we have adopted a five-year strategic plan, transitioned to annual plan grant funding, and hired our first employee.
In the coming years, Wikimedia DC will continue to professionalize, growing its program portfolio and organizational capacity and achieving ever-increasing impact within the global Wikimedia movement. In this crucial time, I hope to continue serving the members of this chapter as a member of the Board.
- Mandatory Disclosures:
- (a) I have no financial interest in any ongoing or planned transaction or arrangement undertaken by Wikimedia District of Columbia.
- (b) I am a paid Wikipedian-in-Residence of the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and would abstain from my Wikimedia District of Columbia role should a conflict of duty arise. Other than this, I am not subject to any law, regulation, agreement, or other covenant that would prevent me from taking full part in the deliberations of the Board, or that would require me to excuse myself from such deliberations.
- (c) I have never been convicted of any felony.
- (d) I am not an employee, director, officer, or agent of the Wikimedia Foundation, or of any Wikimedia chapter other than Wikimedia District of Columbia. I do not otherwise hold any fiduciary duty to said organizations.
- (e) I participate primarily in English Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and to a lesser extent in English Wikivoyage. I participated in the Campus Ambassador Program in 2011, in events organized by Wikimedia New England before its official organization as a user group, in Wikimedia District of Columbia since January 2014, and in several conferences organized by various Wikimedia organizations. I have never been subject to disciplinary action in any of these contexts.
I'm a chemist specializing in DNA nanotechnology. I have always strongly believed in making reliable and understandable scientific knowledge freely available to the public. This has been the main reason I contribute to Wikipedia, where my editing is mainly on the topics of nanotechnology, biophysics, and science policy.
It’s been a pleasure serving on the Board for the past three years, and as Treasurer for the past year. Since I joined the chapter, I’ve helped organize many edit-a-thons, including with the American Chemical Society and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and have worked to extend our reach to new organizations in the STEM sector. In terms of policy work, I was the primary author of the chapter's comments on orphan works and on the public domain status of California state government works.
If re-elected I will continue my STEM and policy work with the chapter. For STEM in particular, we are only beginning to learn how best practices differ from our existing models optimized for GLAM organizations. In addition, as the chapter grows in its capabilities, I’d like to ensure that we maintain a healthy volunteer base by inviting people to be involved in our chapter from our partners and the wider DC community.
- Mandatory Disclosures:
- I have no disclosures to make.
Hi! I'm Emily, and I'm running for re-election to the Board of Directors. I've served as Vice President during my last term and bring both institutional memory and expertise to the table. I'm a medical student in my second year, so my time is more limited than it used to be, but I plan to continue my involvement with diversity-related initiatives. Thank you for your consideration!