Juliet Barbara

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Juliet Barbara
Juliet Barbara
Communications Director, Wikimedia Foundation
Philosophia Biou Cybernētēs I Love of learning is the guide of life

About me

I have a background in tech communications, digital media, and storytelling, and am passionate about free and open information. Before joining the Wikimedia Foundation, I led Communications for GoodData, a data and analytics start-up in San Francisco. Prior to GoodData I held a number of roles at the Horn Group, a tech communications agency, helping to translate technical stories for a broader audience. Previously, I contributed to Forbes.com, and worked at Forbes Media in a number of roles, including market research and Executive Coordinator for the CEO.

I received my Bachelors of Arts from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where I graduated with honors and a degree in International Relations and French. In my senior thesis, I examined just-released legal documentation justifying the use of torture on suspected terrorists after 9/11. I applied international relations theory to explore the forces at work that allowed this to happen, and have since been deeply interested in the power, good and bad, of language to affect society. A love for knowledge and diversity has always guided my life.

My work

I am responsible for strategic messaging, media and public relations, and product communications on the Foundation's Communications team. I work with my incredible team to tell the Wikimedia story to the world, helping people understand the important work of our volunteers and the value of our projects. This includes working with the press, collaborating with community members, developing and leading our messaging strategy, and conducting outreach campaigns to increase awareness and usage of Wikimedia projects. I see collaboration with community members as a critical part of our work, and I am always looking for new ways to work together!

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

Email: jbarbara@wikimedia.org

Twitter: @julietvbarbara