Today, almost 28 years later, my next transition - retirement as Executive Director of the Sudbury Foundation - is in the works.
During my unexpected lengthy tenure here, I’ve had a unique opportunity to support hundreds of local nonprofits trying to solve our most pressing and varied social problems - from youth emotional well-being to food insecurity to college access. It’s the kind of professional fulfillment most people only dream of in their careers.
I’ve also had the good fortune to work with a remarkable group of trustees, colleagues, and staff who have joined me in navigating the changing tides of philanthropy. Together, we have sharpened the Foundation’s programmatic focus; shifted funding strategies to provide more general operating support, and elevated efforts to address inequities. We have listened, encouraged, and trusted our nonprofit leaders and, hopefully, helped to strengthen their invaluable work in our region.
I will always be grateful to you, our nonprofit and community partners, for letting me play a small part in your wonderful story. Every grant, every scholarship, and every grant partner engagement has been special to me. Thank you for that.
Transitions are bittersweet and there will never be an easy time to leave the role that I love, but now seems right. I am incredibly optimistic about what lies ahead for the Foundation and the local nonprofit community.
The trustees have hired Kittleman & Associates to find my successor by the end of the year. More details will be shared shortly. In the meantime, we are so fortunate to have Tricia Brunner, our long-time operations manager and a valued member of our team, onboard to ensure things run smoothly throughout the transition.
With heartfelt thanks,