WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION – ENDOWMENT DIRECTOR – 9/17-present
Working to preserve Wikipedia’s legacy and ensure it remains free, available, and growing with open participation for generations to come. The Wikimedia Endowment is an effort to create a dedicated and permanent source of funding to support Wikipedia, the world’s largest freely available open resource on the Web, and its sister sites.
WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION – ENDOWMENT STRATEGIST – 4/17-9/17
Supporting the Foundation’s Advancement team by advising on strategy, messaging, and Board engagement to help launch the first Endowment for free and open knowledge.
MOZILLA FOUNDATION – SENIOR FELLOW – 4/17-present
Thaney is an augural Senior Fellow, conducting research with and for the public interest tech community, both at the organizational and individual level, through working together on a common and timely cause – the threats to public access of information. This work will research issues that lie at the intersection of civil society, institutions and government, directly engaging members from each of these stakeholder groups to explore shared, coordinated approaches to information sharing and Internet health.
MOZILLA FOUNDATION – DIRECTOR, MOZILLA LEADERSHIP NETWORK – 6/16-2/17
Led a high-performing team of ~30 and the Foundation’s $10M+ program portfolio, consisting of science, learning, advocacy, Internet of Things (IoT) and women and web literacy. Transitioned the Foundation into a movement-building organization and drove change by aligning five separate siloed programs into one unified structure along with building shared capacity and program design companywide. Leveraged open source training prototyping by the science team to effectively develop Mozilla’s flagship Open Leadership Training Series and Working Open trainings. Led unification effort for Mozilla’s fellowship program, serving science, news, and advocacy.
MOZILLA FOUNDATION – DIRECTOR, SCIENCE – 5/13-6/16
Successfully designed and launched Mozilla’s first-ever science program, serving the intersection of the open science and open source communities; oversaw all program aspects including fundraising, raising ~$5M. Elevated training initiatives in computational skills and open source, launched fellowships and engagement opportunities, and empowered researchers, coders and other partners to establish highly collaborative working relationships via technical prototyping, mentorship and training.
DATAKIND UK – FOUNDING DIRECTOR – 4/13-6/16
Served as a founding director on the chapter’s Board for the first international chapter and charity of DataKind, an organization that brings data scientists and the not-for-profit sector together to hack for social good.
STRATA CONFERENCE: EUROPE – INAUGURAL PROGRAM CHAIR – 3/12-6/14
Appointed as external program chair for the inaugural Strata Conference, O’Reilly Media’s event thought series on data, building community and facilitating programming across Europe.
e-INFRASTRUCTURE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL – FOUNDING MEMBER – 3/12-6/14
Named a founding member of the e-Infrastructure Leadership Council (ELC), a national advisory body started by David Willetts, former Minister of State for Universities and Science. Drove efforts to achieve more accessible data science training and technical support for innovation as an industry representative for the group, specifically representing the start-up community, academia and SMEs.
DIGITAL SCIENCE – MANAGER, EXTERNAL PARTNERSHIPS – 7/10-5/13
Helped launch a new startup incubator and technology company from scratch that established, managed and leveraged strategic, high-level external partnerships and business development for Digital Science, a scientific software spinout of Nature Publishing Group. Spearheaded initiatives to build and expand the initial user and program base and managed the Catalyst grant program for early stage scientific software development. Provided tactical leadership, advised key stakeholders and ensured success of the company’s portfolio of investments.
CREATIVE COMMONS – PROGRAM LEAD, SCIENCE – 7/06-7/10
Managed the science program of the global non-profit Creative Commons (formerly known as “Science Commons”), including project management, extensive public speaking, advocacy, communications, publicity and grant management. Led a talented team of bioinformaticists working on semantic web technologies and prototyping in addition to policy work in data sharing, open science and open access publishing.
ICAMPUS: THE MIT-MICROSOFT ALLIANCE – COMMUNICATION LEAD – 6/05-8/06
Oversaw communications for a $25M grant-funded university research alliance, providing exploratory funding to faculty and students to further digital education ideas and innovations. Served as the translation point between researchers and the public, directly working with Microsoft Research and MIT Professor Hal Abelson.
REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS – RESEARCHER – 9/05-12/05
Proactively researched ongoing issues impacting First Amendment rights for journalists and the public.
THE BOSTON GLOBE – NEWS CORRESPONDENT – 6/04-8/05
Covered local news, scandals, and crime as a breaking news reporter for a leading American daily newspaper.
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Political Science | NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, Boston, MA
Dean’s List: Winter ’03 – Fall ’06; Excellence Scholarship 9/02 – 12/06; graduated Magna Cum Laude