Aeryn Palmer 

Legal Director 

Wikimedia Foundation 

San Francisco, CA 


Aeryn Palmer is Legal Director at the Wikimedia Foundation, the San Francisco-based organization that operates Wikipedia, one of the top ten most visited websites in the world, and several sibling projects also dedicated to enabling the sharing of, and access to, free knowledge. As chief privacy counsel, Aeryn develops and orchestrates the Foundation’s legal privacy strategy, considering not only the law and best practices, but also the strong privacy-protective values of the Wikimedia movement. Aeryn has built the privacy function from a single-person effort into a team, providing training and counsel to technical, legal, and community support staff on privacy issues. Aeryn also manages the Foundation’s strategic litigation matters, in which capacity they co-lead the Foundation’s lawsuit against the National Security Agency’s Upstream mass surveillance practices. Additionally, Aeryn co-leads the team that produces the Foundation’s biannual transparency reports. A graduate of the University of Washington, Oxford University, and Yale Law School, Aeryn spends their spare time writing fiction, playing video games, and attempting to become a better photographer. Aeryn is a Fellow of the second class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.