Winifred Olliff

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Winifred Olliff
FDC Support Team, Wikimedia Foundation
Winifred Olliff

About me

Since 2007, I have been working with volunteers to expand global access to technology and information. I have worked in Southern and Northern California, Ilinois, Albania, and Iceland, and I speak English and Shqip. I have a degree from Northwestern University, and I spent two years in the United States Peace Corps between 2007 and 2009. I have worked for the Wikimedia Foundation since 2010, in several different roles supporting Wikimedia organizations around the world.

I now live in the City of San Francisco, California, where I ride my bicycle to the Wikimedia Foundation office each workday. Outside of international grantmaking and volunteerism, my interests include letterpress printing, music theory, US presidential history, California history, ancient and modern languages, and backpacking. In my free time I do volunteer gardening and trail-building at SF parks, make art, read a lot of biographies, promote safe and happy biking in SF, and give tours at a local historical society.

My work

As FDC support staff, I work with our team (me, Katy Love, Anasuya Sengupta) to support grantees and applicants from intent and eligibility through final reporting on their grants. We also support the community-led decision-making process that leads to decisions about those grants, as well as the committee that makes recommendations to the Board about those decisions twice each year (the Funds Dissemination Committee).

This involves preparing and coordinating many inputs into the FDC process, such as analysis of grant reports and staff proposal assessments, and also includes a lot of meeting and talking with grantees and committee members. The FDC process is still very new, so our team also works to coordinate feedback from all of our stakeholders to support the continuous improvement of the process. I am deeply involved with keeping the process running on a technical level, both by working with our design team (Heather Walls) to keep our space on Meta functional, and by working with the WMF legal, finance, and grants administration teams to make sure our process can be implemented successfully.

I also sit on the staff committee that awards Travel and Participation Grants to Wikimedia contributors, and so you might occasionally encounter me in that role.

If you have a question about the Annual Plan Grants / FDC process, please contact me!
Disclaimer: I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I intend to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

Contact me

All of these Email addresses will reach me.

  • My E-mail: wolliff@wikimedia.org
  • E-mail for the FDC staff team: fdcsupport@wikimedia.org
  • E-mail for Travel and Participation Support: participation@wikimedia.org

Another good way to reach me is my Userpage on Meta.