On December 26, the Prosperity Indiana Board of Directors announced my departure as Executive Director. I announced my resignation to the Board of Directors on December 14, 2017 and depart March 2, 2018 to serve as Executive Director of the Community Foundation of South Jersey.
I am excited about this new opportunity but sad to leave a great team and wonderful members making an impact everyday in Hoosiers' lives and their local communities. I am grateful for my decade of service alongside the dedicated professionals on the staff, Board of Directors and at member organizations across the state.
We have accomplished a lot together… stopped predatory financial legislation, created new safeguards in the law for Hoosiers in foreclosure, ensured funding for affordable housing development, created access to fair credit products, funded sustainable energy and program innovation in financial access with members, delivered high quality consulting and training to empower neighbors and practitioners, and connected the diversity of local organizations and industries that encompass the state’s community economic development field.
Prosperity Indiana has an annually updated succession plan for senior staff. The Board has put the plan into effect. Board Vice President Nate Lichti with member IFF leads the Transition Committee. The Committee’s first meeting was December 21, 2017 and work is underway to identify a successor.
Our Board President Steve Hoffman with member Brightpoint, said in the press release: “Prosperity Indiana’s work to empower strong member organizations, champion social justice and economic opportunity, and mobilize neighbors, coalitions, and policymakers for economic opportunity continues unabated. There is tremendous momentum with the organization following last year’s successful rebranding. The Board of Directors will work closely with the staff to continue programs and strategy until a successor is announced.”
I hope to see each of you at the upcoming Prosperity Indiana Summit, January 23 and 24, 2018 in Indianapolis. This annual convening of members, partners, and interested professionals will explore strategies for community health, community development, and human service organizations to work collaboratively in local communities.