Many of you have already heard the news: next week I’m starting a new adventure that allows me to reconnect with Delaware (though I’ve physically never had to leave!). I’m thrilled to join the team of the Delaware Community Foundation as Vice President for Community Engagement and Programs, leading the foundation’s grant-making and community impact initiatives.
Hopping on a plane will now turn into hopping in my car (you can drive the whole state in about two hours). I’ll miss those trips to corners of the country that have allowed me to connect with so many of you. I hope we’ll have many reasons for our paths to cross in the future. A lot.
As I change gears, I have had some time to reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going. I have had the opportunity to be in the mix with FOUR cohorts of the Leadership Institute! (Although I still can’t go on the record about my favorite.) That’s a lot of improv. And, a lot of exposure to some of the smartest, most passionate, and most genuine advocates for children.
I am humbled to have been in the mix with so many of you—through Leadership Institute, four plus Summits, and beyond—and to have learned so incredibly much from you. How to push. And push some more. How to build relationships and elevate voices of those often quieted. How to navigate sometimes ugly politics. And how to—through it all—remain focused on what really matters: greater opportunity for each and every child in this country.
Thank you for all that you do. I am honored to take what I’ve learned and get to work in my home state.
Please don’t be a stranger! You can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org.