Tony Sebro is the Interim General Counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation, where he oversees the work of the Foundation’s legal department, which includes contracts, content, trademarks, privacy and security, public policy, employment matters, community questions, product counseling, litigation and support for the board.
A Maryland native, Tony brings more than 19 years of technological, open source, and business strategy experience to the role. Prior to joining the Wikimedia Foundation in January 2018 as Deputy General Counsel, he worked since 2011 as General Counsel for the Software Freedom Conservancy—a public charity that acts as the home for more than 40 free and open source software projects.
Earlier in his career, Tony handled both business development and legal issues relating to intellectual property—both in private practice and as a business development professional and licensing executive with IBM’s Technology and Intellectual Property Group. In 2017, Tony received the O’Reilly Open Source Award for his exceptional impact in free software.
Tony received his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the New York bar, has registered to practice before the United States of America Patent and Trademark Office and has served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations. In his spare time, Tony enjoys music production, rooting for Washington, D.C.-area sports teams, and spending time with his wife, Beth, and son.