Greetings, friends and supporters.
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We have some exciting news!
Concluding a thorough, national executive search process, the boards are excited to announce that we selected Victoria Long-Leather and Chantal de Alcuaz as Co-Executive Directors of The Alaska Center (AKC) and The Alaska Center Education Fund (AKCEF).
Coming from their current leadership roles within the organizations, Chantal and Vicki are poised to strengthen our work while bringing fresh perspectives and increased capacity. We believe this leadership model will equip our organizations to grow our work to meet the challenges facing our communities, our state, and the world.
Many of you will recognize Vicki and Chantal as well-respected and effective members of The Alaska Center team. Vicki has been the Director of Trailside Discovery Camp, oversaw our youth education programs for more than five years, and more recently served as Deputy Director. Chantal joined AKC/AKCEF as Development Director in 2019, creating strong and effective fundraising and development operations. She also brings valuable political skills and grassroots experience working with marginalized communities to this new role.
Vicki and Chantal are proven leaders with a clear vision for our organizations. They bring a breadth of experience and skills in complementary areas. Over the past three years, they have worked collaboratively as executive team members to support the organization's health and growth. They are ready to continue this collaboration and growth in their new roles. The Co-Executive configuration is part of a movement in nonprofits to rethink the traditional, hierarchical work model.
Chantal and Vicki recognize the disparity of privilege among Alaskan communities and understand a robust democracy requires the full participation of Alaskans of all languages, geographies, abilities, and identities. As Co-Directors, they will focus on broadening access to civic engagement and advocacy throughout Alaska, elevating the voices of young people, women, people of color, and recent immigrants.
Vicki and Chantal assume their co-directorship on October 15, 2022. Outgoing Executive Director Polly Carr will stay in an advisory role until November 4 to ensure a smooth transition.
Please join us in welcoming Vicki and Chantal as our new Co-Executive Directors.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Thank you, stay well.
Griffin Plush, Chair, The Alaska Center Education Fund
Sally Rue, Chair, The Alaska Center
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