Change is in the air: News of my transition from Voices for Racial Justice

Vina Kay
(Photo by Jenn Ackermann)

Dear Friends,

I am writing to share with you some changes – both in my life and at Voices for Racial Justice. I have accepted an opportunity to join Race Forward as Vice President of Movement and Capacity Building, so will be moving out of my role at Voices on March 15.

I am excited about the opportunity to bring the experience that I have gained in my work at Voices for Racial Justice to an organization working at the national level. My grounding in and respect for grassroots racial justice organizing – which is truly the heart of the movement – will inform how I think about supporting a racial justice movement from a national perspective.

As I considered this opportunity, it was leaving Voices that gave me the most pause. I truly love our organization and our team. Over my nearly eight years at Voices and last five years as executive director, we have experienced significant challenges, but also incredible growth. Our strategic vision has offered a clear set of values and a roadmap for the work ahead. The healing justice framework that we committed to in our strategic planning process has informed all of our work, both internally and in community. Although it is difficult for me to leave this family in an official way, I also know that Voices is in the strongest place it has ever been. We have a talented, committed, grounded, and creative team that I am confident will continue to lead this work beautifully.

In preparing for this transition, our team imagined an executive leadership model that would be in alignment with our strategic vision of tending to the soil, and developed a transition plan that uplifts the knowledge and experience of our team. Our interim executive team will be made up of three co-directors, all strong leaders from our staff and board.  

  • Fayise Abrahim, Interim Executive Co-Director, Programs
  • Gabriella Anaïs Deal-Márquez, Interim Executive Co-Director, Communications
  • Monica Bryand, Interim Executive Co-Director, Operations

Incoming Interim Co-Directors Monica Bryand (Operations), Gabriella Anaïs Deal-Márquez (Communications), and Fayise Abrahim (Programs).

During this interim period, the board and staff will be assessing the needs and the plan for long-term leadership of the organization

I feel fortunate that we have such a strong team, both staff and board, ready to lead this transition. I am humbled and grateful for their support as I prepare to move into a different role in our shared movement.  

I hope that you can join our Voices team for an open house and celebratory farewell at our office on March 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you then.

In solidarity,

Vina Kay

Executive Director

 

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