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Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner in 2008
Born 1967
Residence San Francisco, California
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Ryerson University
Title Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation (2007– )

Sue Gardner (born 1967) is the current Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco, and previously directed the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's website and online news outlets.


Life and journalism career

Gardner grew up in Canada, receiving a degree in Journalism from Ryerson University.[1] She began her journalism career in radio in 1990 on the program As It Happens, and worked for more than a decade as a producer, reporter and documentary-maker for CBC Radio current-affairs and for Newsworld International, focusing on pop culture and social issues.[2]

She soon joined the CBC, and in March 2006 succeeded Claude Galipeau as Senior Director of the division of 150 new media staff developing, the CBC website and Internet platform.[3][4]


Wikimedia and recent work

In May 2007, Gardner resigned from CBC, and shortly thereafter began consulting for the Wikimedia Foundation as a special advisor on operations and governance.[5]

In December 2007, she was hired as the Foundation's Executive Director.[6] Over the next two years, she oversaw growth of the staff including the addition of a fundraising team, and an office move from Tampa to San Francisco.

In October 2009, Gardner was named by the Huffington Post as one of ten 'media game changers of the year' for the impact on new media of her work for Wikimedia.[7]


  1. ^ Sue Gardner’s Summary at LinkedIn, retrieved October, 2009.
  2. ^ From the Lavin Agency's profile.
  3. ^ "CBC clicks online", from the Toronto Star, July 19, 2006, via the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting archives.
  4. ^ From Does run itself? a post on a blog about the CBC.
  5. ^ Wikimedia Foundation press release, June 27, 2007.
  6. ^ "Sue Gardner Hired as Executive Director", Wikimedia Foundation press release
  7. ^ From the series of slides for the 10 HuffPost Game Changers: Who Is The Ultimate Game Changer In Media? – Sue Gardner.

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