Kaitlin Thaney

Executive Director

Kaitlin Thaney’s career has been centered around open infrastructure organizations; helping them think strategically about program design, participatory engagement, and sustainability.

Previously she served as the Endowment Director for the Wikimedia Foundation, where she led development of a fund to sustain the future of Wikipedia and free knowledge. Prior to joining Wikimedia, Thaney directed the program portfolio for the Mozilla Foundation, following her time building the Mozilla Science Lab, a program to serve the open research community. She was on the founding team for Digital Science, where she helped launch and advise programs to serve researchers worldwide, building on her time at Creative Commons, where she crafted legal, technical, and social infrastructure for sharing data on the web.

She also serves on the board of LYRASIS, a technology and services nonprofit serving higher education, libraries, archives and museums, where she chairs the Finance Committee, as well as on data.org’s Epiverse Advisory Council. She previously served on the boards of Code for Science & Society, Invest in Open Infrastructure’s fiscal sponsor; Open Collective Foundation, a fiscal sponsor for US-based Collectives; and was a founding director of DataKind UK. She resides on the unceded land of the Munsee Lenape and Canarsie (known as Brooklyn, New York). She's on Twitter as @kaythaney.