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Ryan Merkley is the Chief of Staff at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that supports Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and more. His focus is on the effectiveness and strategic impact of the leadership team and Board, along with taking forward special projects like the 2030 Movement Strategy, and the organization's work to combat disinformation. 

Prior to joining the Wikimedia Foundation, Ryan was Chief Executive Officer at Creative Commons (CC) for five years, the nonprofit behind the CC licenses, dedicated to expanding the availability, re-sharing, and accessibility of creative works. Ryan previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Mozilla, served as Director of Corporate Communications for the City of Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games, and was a Senior Advisor to Mayor David Miller in Toronto, where he led the Mayor’s budget policy and initiated Toronto’s Open Data project. He is a returning affiliate to the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society for the 2020–21 academic year.

Ryan lives in Toronto with his daughter, his wife Kelsey, and their dog Barkley.


Fast Company

How Wikipedia’s volunteers became the web’s best weapon against misinformation

BKC affiliate Ryan Merkley on the importance of reliable access to knowledge when making important choices:

Mar 7, 2020