I wanted to share some news with you. I am announcing today that I am stepping down as Executive Director of Conexión Américas in May 2019.
I am so proud of what we have built together over the last 17 years. When I think back to our humble beginnings and now look at the energy that pulses through Casa Azafrán every day — the thousands of immigrant families progressing toward their American dream, the cheering of children playing at Azafrán Park, the emerging community of leaders of color in our new Mosaic Fellowship and more – my heart is filled with gratitude and excitement about the opportunity that lies ahead for Conexión Américas.
As for me, my commitment to Nashville, to building an inclusive community where everyone belongs, and to the broader development of leaders of color is far from over. Yes, I will take a little time off – after 17 years, I think that is in order. But then I will train my eyes on my next chapter. Suffice it to say, my commitment to these causes shines just as bright today as it ever has.
As for what comes next, a couple of points:
- We are ready for this moment. I did not make this decision lightly. I have been talking with Board leadership about it for almost two years and we have worked very intentionally to prepare for this day. More importantly, we have an extraordinary staff team. Their strength and passion has and will continue to propel this organization forward.
- This will be a seamless transition. I will continue to run Conexión Américas through May 2019. My friend and co-founder of Conexión Américas, José González, will continue his service to the organization and in fact, will serve on the Search Committee to ensure continuity in leadership and mission. This goes a long way toward ensuring that as we build the future of the organization, it is also true to its origins.
- We will find the best leader the country has to offer. The Board is committed to a thoughtful, national search. They already hired Koya Leadership Partners to lead that effort. The Search Committee will be chaired by long-time Board Member and current Vice Chair Rob Jack. In addition to Rob and José, the Search Committee will also include Board Chair Terry Maroney and other key stakeholders.
The bottom line – while this has been a milestone decision for me to make personally, we are so ready for it.
There’s a saying “every end is a new beginning.” Today is indeed that – the beginning of the next something great – for both Conexión Américas and for me.
Muchas gracias for your friendship and support.
You can read the full press release here.