I have been working with the Wikimedia Foundation since October of 2011 and I love my job. I work on the Community Events team managing the Thematic and Growth Conference Grants that come through the conference grants program. Before working on Conference Grants I ran all of the Technical Events organized by the Wikimedia Foundation including the Wikimania Hackathons, our Technical Conferences and Developer Summits and others. Most events I have worked on involved partnering and working closely with different affiliates every year to organize the main Wikimedia and Wikimania Hackathons and slowly building those connections and friendships over time has been one of the most amazing parts of my work. Outside of work I volunteer for a Search and Rescue Team and spend a lot of time in the mountains doing mountain related sports, taking care of my cactus and succulent plants and cooking/baking.
- E-mail: rfarrandwikimedia.org
- IRC: dynosaur OR rfarrand