The Wikimedia Foundation brings a friend aboard as its top lawyer
The Wikimedia Foundation has brought in someone it knows to be its general counsel: Amanda Keton. The nonprofit says that Keton, with whom its worked before, brings more than a decade of legal, nonprofit management, and compliance experience to the role. She started yesterday on the job.
Before joining Wikimedia, Keton was general counsel of Tides Network, a public foundation deploying donor-advised grants and investments in an effort to foster social justice. While in that role, she worked with the Wikimedia Foundation to establish the Wikimedia Endowment, a source of funding to support the Wikimedia projects and mission in perpetuity. She also served as Head of Tides Foundation and People Operations as well as CEO of Tides Advocacy, the policy affiliate in the Tides family of organizations. Before that, Keton worked for Ernst & Young, providing nonprofit organizations with consulting, advisory, and compliance services.
“Advocacy is a crucial part of our work in advancing free knowledge,” said Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. “Now more than ever, we must recognize the urgency in fighting for policies and protections to make knowledge more open. Amanda’s extensive experience in advocacy and public policy, and her passion for fighting for equity and social change, make her an excellent fit to lead the advocacy work for our movement.”
As GC, Amanda will work closely with the executive team to develop and build the organization in service of the future of our projects. She will advise the executive director on legal and policy matters and serve as secretary to the foundation’s board of trustees.
“I’m thrilled to join the Wikimedia movement and help bolster the work of its dedicated community,” Keton said. “Increasing access to knowledge, defending our community and users, curbing surveillance and censorship, facilitating open policy discussions, and advocating for privacy are among the defining issues of our time. Wikimedia is poised to play a leading role in shaping them in collaboration with people everywhere who are driving forward our goal of free knowledge for all.”
Keton completed a Master of Arts in Education while teaching middle school and wrote her thesis on why culturally diverse students opt out of gifted and talented programs. She graduated with a Master of Laws in Taxation cum laude and Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law and is based in San Diego.