Dear ABCD family,
As I reflect on this first few weeks as your new President and CEO, I am both humbled and inspired.
Bob Coard’s passion and determination built ABCD. His longtime deputy, John Drew, succeeded him, leading ABCD to new accomplishments. I feel deeply honored that the torch has been passed to me to lead this incredible organization on the next leg of its journey.
Today, we face a daunting world of issues from climate change, global health crises, and disruptive technology, to intractable social justice challenges and widening economic disparities. The good news is that ABCD has a long history of fighting inequities—and succeeding. We stand on a firm foundation; uncommon energy, resilience and innovation are in our DNA.
Our successes are thanks to the extraordinary commitment of our staff—to you. Whether you’ve been here for 23 years or 4 days, you are part of our future, and I look forward to moving forward together.
In the coming weeks, I plan to visit all of our sites, programs and departments to say hello. I’m eager to hear your aspirations for ABCD, and for the people we serve. As an organization and a community, we have been separated by the pandemic for a painfully long time. I look forward to reconnecting, and inspiring one another through our collective mission.
Thanks again for your tireless work, and for the unique contributions you each bring to our efforts every day.
I have no doubt that, together, we will reach new heights, and deepen the life-changing impacts that we have on our communities.
ABCD President and CEO