Ada Initiative "downtime" December 11 through January 1

Mary and Valerie laughing

Mary and Valerie

Both Ada Initiative Executive Director Valerie Aurora and Director of Programs Mary Gardiner will be taking extended leave soon. Mary Gardiner will be taking indefinite maternity leave beginning no later than December 5, 2013, returning some time in 2014. Valerie Aurora will be taking mandatory medical leave from December 11, 2013 through January 1, 2014, inclusive. During this time, our new Director of Operations, Suki McCoy, will be working and keeping the lights on: responding to routine queries, planning the next AdaCamp, and similar tasks.

From December 11, 2013 through January 1, 2014, the Ada Initiative will not be able to respond to press inquiries, requests for comments, or any other requests for non-routine responses or assistance regardless of their importance. During this unavoidable hiatus, we are completely unavailable through all channels of communication for these kinds of requests.

We will have some scheduled social media announcements and blog posts during this time, but if you would like to keep up on the latest on women in open tech/culture news, we recommend:

We are looking forward to returning to our work on supporting women in open technology and culture in January! Thank you to all of our supporters for making this work possible.