Katherine Maher is the chief executive officer and executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation. Originally from Connecticut, Maher has spent her career at the intersection of technology, human rights, democracy, and international development. Before joining the foundation, she was advocacy director for the international digital rights organization Access Now in Washington, D.C., where she worked on global policy issues related to freedom of expression, access to information, and privacy. Maher is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and her writings on human rights, technology, and foreign policy have appeared in various publications, including the book State Power 2.0 and periodicals Foreign Policy, The Atlantic and The Guardian. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Open Technology Fund and the board of the Sunlight Foundation.