Candidates for the Board of Directors

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Kirill Lokshin

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 2017.

Over the course of my current term, I've focused on developing and maintaining Wikimedia DC's organizational and programmatic capacity. Over the past two years, we have successfully entered the ranks of staff-supported chapters, achieved a working balance between staff-led and volunteer-led program activities, and continued to refine our program portfolio to focus on effective, high-impact activities in the DC region and across the United States.

In the coming years, Wikimedia DC will face an unprecedented period of transformation within the Wikimedia movement. The outcomes of the ongoing movement strategy process are likely to impact our chapter in numerous ways, ranging from changes to how funding and other resources are allocated across our movement to fundamental changes in the role that chapters will play on the national and international stage. In this crucial time, I hope to continue serving the members of this chapter as a member of the Board.

John Sadowski

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, nor otherwise hold any fiduciary duty to, the Wikimedia Foundation or any Wikimedia affiliate other than Wikimedia District of Columbia.
(e) I participate primarily in English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, English Wikivoyage, and Wikidata. 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 five years, and as Treasurer for the past three. Since I joined the chapter, I’ve helped organize many edit-a-thons, including with scientific societies such as the American Chemical Society, government agencies such as NIOSH, and even do-it-yourself biology organizations such as the Baltimore Underground Science Space. I’ve also organized the U.S. branch of the Wiki Science Competition for scientific media. 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 work, and continue 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 encouraging repeat participation across edit-a-thons and social events.

Emily Temple-Wood

Mandatory Disclosures:
I meet the eligibility criteria and have nothing to disclose.

Hi. I'm Emily. My life is a total garbage fire because I'm applying for residency, but I still do stuff behind the scenes for WMDC and even occasionally edit Wikipedia. Also I do diversity stuff.