Goodbye from Juliet
My years with Urban Habitat have been incredibly rewarding, and I will sincerely miss working with the board, staff, and the many allies and friends I have made along the way. At the same time, I know in my heart that this is the right moment for me to make this change. Much of what I have set out to accomplish has been realized and the organization has never been stronger with respect to our finances, staff leadership, strategic partners, and engaged board of directors. The organization is well positioned to continue serving as one of the country’s most well respected and powerful leaders on issues of regional equity and social justice.
Urban Habitat is currently wrapping up a comprehensive three-year strategic planning process. The planning process has engaged board members and staff in over four months of in-depth strategy sessions to clarify the long-term impact the organization wants to achieve at the local, regional, state, and national level. For the first time, UH will have a 3-year budget attached to the 3-year strategic plan to ensure that we are growing in a sustainable way that will meet our organization’s ambitious plans for the future. The new Executive Director will benefit immensely from the careful planning that has been led by board and staff members.
The transition process will be led by the Executive Committee of UH’s Board of Directors. UH’s board members have always shown a strong commitment to Urban Habitat and they are taking the responsibility of finding a new Executive Director very seriously. Their efforts will be supported by a search firm to ensure that we have the capacity to reach out to and secure the best possible candidate for the job. In the interim, Elizabeth Tan, Director of Development and Planning and Venesia Thompson, Associate Director, will be acting co-directors, a role they have both played successfully during my recent maternity leave. Elizabeth will act as the point on all programmatic work and Venesia will oversee all financial and operations responsibilities. . They will be guiding Urban Habitat’s day-to-day work, and keeping you informed about all of the important developments with the transition.
I cannot thank you enough for the key role that you have played in Urban Habitat’s success. I am deeply grateful for all of your interest and support, and I know UH can continue to count on you to help the organization become even stronger and more effective in the months and years ahead. While I will truly miss the inspiring work of Urban Habitat, I am looking forward to this new opportunity and will not be far away.