As most of you already know, I have been planning for some time to return to consulting this summer. My final day at CI will be July 2. All of us here have spent the past year preparing for this transition, and I want to assure you that the team in place at Community Initiatives will maintain our high standards of responsiveness and service with integrity during the leadership change.
Our Board of Directors has completed the search for my successor, and will be announcing the new CEO in the next few days. We are fortunate that there will not be a gap between my departure and the new CEO’s start date. It is gratifying, after the work of seven years, to be leaving Community Initiatives in capable hands. We have a strong team in place that is waiting to be of service to your great ideas.
Thank you to our fiscally sponsored projects for inspiring me by the work you do in the world. It is your vision, passion, commitment, and hard work that has made this job meaningful and rewarding.
Thank you to our staff and board for the care and attention with which you do your work. Your talents, creativity, and good humor have made my job satisfying and, often, even fun!
Thank you to our funding partners, my colleagues in the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, and to all the other friends of Community Initiatives who have supported the important work of our projects and who have understood, and in many cases helped promote, the benefits of fiscal sponsorship. You have been terrific to work with.
Many of you may have heard of Suzuki Roshi, who came from Japan to found the San Francisco Zen Center, the first Buddhist monastery outside of Asia. In his book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, he says: “In the beginner’s mind are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”
I go forth not into retirement but into my next chapter of half-time consulting and half-time creative writing. I do so with humility and hoping my beginner’s mind will keep me open to the new possibilities that come my way. I hope to mentor new executive directors and write the great American Southern novel (or at least die trying).
My heartfelt best wishes to each of you for much success going forward.