Robyn Arville Appointed as Chief Talent & Culture Officer at Wikimedia Foundation

NEW YORK, NY, September 2019 – Bridge Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Robyn Arville as Chief Talent & Culture Officer at The Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikimedia is the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects. Together, Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects are visited by over 1.5 billion unique devices every month. The Wikimedia Foundation is driven by its vision of building a world in which every single person can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

As the Chief Talent & Culture Officer, Robyn will lead the Talent & Culture department, recruiting and supporting skilled, passionate people to advance the Wikimedia mission. She will work with other Foundation leaders to develop strategies for best supporting and cultivating staff.

“Robyn brings to Wikimedia a passion for building organizational culture that embraces inclusion and connectedness,” said Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. “Our people are our greatest strength and resource. Robyn’s vision for our Talent and Culture places people at the center of our efforts as we endeavor to our aspirational vision.”

Robyn brings 20 years of experience in human resources to the Foundation, most recently as the Head of People and Culture at the Public Library of Science (PLOS). Prior to joining PLOS, Robyn spent six years at Humanity United, a human rights philanthropic foundation. She has also worked at various healthcare and biotechnology organizations, from small startups to large global organizations.


  • Bridge Partners is a retained executive search firm with unique expertise in attracting and retaining senior, diverse executives and 16 years of experience executing global leadership searches.
  • We have both an international nonprofit practice (other clients include TechnoServe, Project Concern International, Results For Development, Pact, Digital Green) and a global for-profit practice (clients include GE, Starbucks, McKesson, Estee Lauder, Freddie Mac). What they have in common is a desire to adapt to a changing global market and diversify their leadership teams, to innovate and reflect their employee base, as well as the customer, communities and constituents they serve.They retain Bridge Partners to leverage our innovative search approach and our track- record of presenting the highest caliber, diverse executives.
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