The Wiki Education Foundation serves as the bridge between academia and Wikipedia. A small 501(c)3 nonprofit, we run programs that seek to build connections between universities and Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects in the United States and Canada.
In our most established program, Wiki Ed supports the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada. Since 2010, university instructors participating in the program have assigned their students to add content to course-related articles on Wikipedia. Students gain key 21st century skills like media literacy, writing and research development, and critical thinking, while content gaps on Wikipedia get filled thanks to students’ efforts.
Formed in 2013, Wiki Ed is a spin-off of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that runs Wikipedia.
Frank is leading the development of Wiki Education into a mature organization capable of delivering on its long term vision. He is responsible for the overall performance of Wiki Education and acts as the interface between the board and staff of the organization.
In his free time, Frank enjoys writing Wikipedia articles, photographing wildlife, and cycling.
Chief Programs Officer; Deputy Director
LiAnna oversees all of Wiki Education’s programmatic activities, including development, implementation, and evaluation. She has been on our team since 2010, joining for the pilot of our program to support faculty who want to teach with Wikipedia. She has a master’s degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s in Communication Studies from the University of Puget Sound.
When she’s not working, LiAnna can usually be found caring for her twins, walking her dog, and pretending that she and her husband still have the time to engage in her other favorite hobbies, which include watching baseball, hiking, drinking craft beers, and traveling the world.
Chief Technology Officer
Sage is responsible for developing technology that makes it easier to do Wikipedia classroom assignments and do them well.
As User:Ragesoss, Sage has been contributing to Wikimedia projects since 2005. He’s written featured articles, served as editor of The Wikipedia Signpost, and joined the Wikimedia Foundation in 2010 for the pilot of the education program. Most recently, he’s been developing our Dashboards technology and developing the training modules for students and educators. He has a passion for photography — and especially, making photos of Wikimedians. Sage, his wife Faith, and their children Brighton and Everly, live in Seattle.
Senior Program Manager, Wikipedia Student Program
As Senior Program Manager, Wikipedia Student Program, Helaine develops relationships with instructors to deepen our support for program activities. Helaine is responsible for mentoring the instructors who teach Wikipedia classroom assignments. She ensures that instructors are well-supported throughout their Wikipedia assignment and helps them navigate Wiki Education’s robust set of resources. Helaine has a Ph.D. in history and brings extensive experience in higher education and academia to Wiki Education.
She has a passion for languages and is an avid (and experimental) chef, with “strong” feelings about food — though her daughters, Nina and Maxine, don’t give her much time for either.
Wikidata Program Manager
As Wikidata Program Manager, Will leads online courses that teach participants all about Wikidata skills, community norms, and best practices. He helps facilitate connections between new editors, the Wikidata community, and new projects that use Wikidata, the Wikidata Query Service, and Wikibase.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Anthropology and a masters degree from the University of Illinois in Library and Information Science. His past professional lives include working as a college access advocate, managing social media, helping run a writing non-profit, and being a librarian.
Will spends his free time scurrying around the bay area on his bicycle, exploring neighborhoods, going to shows, cooking, and bridging the gap between real life and the internet.
Director of Partnerships
Jami develops partnerships with like-minded institutions to train their stakeholders how to add content expertise to Wikipedia and Wikidata, bringing high-quality and equitable knowledge to the public. She identifies ways to support partners who are looking to amplify their impact to public knowledge, designing boutique professional development courses that help organizations achieve their goals while giving back to the world.
Jami lives in Denver and spends her time off of Wikipedia enjoying the theatre, hiking, cooking, cheering on her Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs, exploring new places, and trying to fall as few times as possible while skiing.
Victoria provides executive level support and help with everything that’s needed to ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of our organization, including general administrative support and record keeping. Victoria holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelors in Health Science from Chico State.
Outside of the office, Victoria enjoys reading historical biographies and learning about the microbiome. A few of her favorite outdoor activities include kayaking and rowing.
Senior Wikipedia Expert
Ian has a tremendous history on Wikipedia as a content contributor and administrator. Ian has more than 40,000 edits since 2004, with two featured articles, two featured lists, five Good Articles, and 48 articles highlighted in the “Did You Know?” section of Wikipedia’s main page. With a Ph.D. in plant ecology from Michigan State University, many of Ian’s contributions have focused on botany and ecology, such as biographies of scientists. He also contributes articles about his home country, Trinidad and Tobago.
Ian’s hobbies include genealogy and fish-keeping.
Director of Donor Relations
Kathleen helps ensure the long-term financial sustainability of Wiki Education’s operations and programs. She builds new relationships, stewards ongoing engagement with all funders, and ensures that Wiki Education’s supporters and partners receive timely ongoing communications, acknowledgment, and appropriate donor recognition opportunities. She brings many years of fundraising experience from the medical research non-profit world. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and double minors in Environmental Studies and Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Kathleen has a variety of passions including creative writing, traveling to new places, hiking with her fiancé, and caring for her two kitties.
Dr. Diana Strassmann, Chair
P.J. Tabit, Treasurer
Karen George, Secretary
Dr. Robert Cummings
Karen A. Twitchell
Dr. John Willinsky