I am excited to have accepted the position of Executive Director of Elders in Action offered to me by the Board of Directors last Thursday. I will officially begin my position May 18th. I feel privileged to have been offered this position for many reasons, among them:
- I will continue to work with a small team of dedicated professionals who care deeply about older adults and are thinking creatively about how to serve this growing population.
- Elders in Action has a Board that describes itself as a working Board -and it is! From fundraising to elevating the discussion of equity to the top of the priority list, our Board is dedicated to moving this organization forward.
- I work with amazing volunteers (135) who last year contributed 12,175 hours of service providing for the needs and interests of older adults through four key programs: the Civic Involvement & the Elders in Action Commission, Personal Advocacy, Age Friendly Business Program and Community Engagement & Education. Our staff provides the framework for these programs but our volunteers are doing the work!
- I can engage community partners and with them, puzzle through the challenge of ensuring our programs are inclusive and welcoming to a more diverse population.
I am ready to build on the 45 years of experience Elders in Action has in advocacy on behalf of older adults in our community. Since its inception Elders in Action has had a solid financial foundation through contracts with the City of Portland and Multnomah County. Our growth has been slow but steady but this trajectory is no longer adequate. The Board is committed to expanding our network of supporters and as we approach our 50th birthday (in three years), I look forward to all we can do together -volunteers, staff and Board!