As we step into 2020, I look back on Strive for Change Foundation’s past year with gratitude for the many good things that came together to build hope and create a positive career future for the hundreds of men and women our organization helped in 2019. And I have a sense of optimism for the new year.
In the current tumultuous social, economic and political environment of our country, our donors have continued to respond with financial generosity to our fund-raising initiatives, the leaders of our East Bay grantee organizations have remained focused and dedicated in delivering proven job-training programs to ambitious low-income workers who want to become financially self sufficient, and our wonderful Board of Directors has been unstinting in its “roll-up-your sleeves” attitude to achieving goals, all the while demonstrating collaboration and creative thinking in what they do.
Looking forward, 2020 brings a change of leadership to our Board. In January, Miriam Mangini, who has been a vital member of our board for years, will become President and Kevin McGourty, a board member who has had significant impact on how we better leverage technology in our communications and operations, and has transformed our Strive website, will become Vice President. Megan Nakahara will continue as Secretary and a key member of the Communications committee. Miriam will also continue as Treasurer, and Kevin will keep guiding our online presence as Webmaster, so they will balance dual roles.
After more than six years on the Strive board, I have seen this organization evolve and grow dramatically, addressing challenges that we have faced and that have impacted many of our grantee organizations. I have loved every minute of my various roles on the board.
Most of all, I have felt a profound sense of peace and satisfaction in knowing that since its founding in 2006, our foundation has continuously helped to make a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of individuals and families in the East Bay.
Outgoing President of the Board