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Thank You for 11 Years!
Dear G.A.P. community,
I want to share some important news. It is after much thoughtful deliberation that I have decided to transition out of my role as Co-Director of Global Action Project (G.A.P.). I have been privileged to dedicate eleven years to the community and mission of G.A.P., and I will leave knowing that G.A.P. - principled, nurturing, resilient - is in a strong position to embrace the challenges and opportunities of a changing world.
I am very proud of the work that we have accomplished together. I have witnessed how G.A.P., now in its 25th year, fosters the next generation of social justice media leaders dedicated to building communities and movements for social justice. There have been so many amazing moments and achievements from my 11 years with G.A.P.!
Some of the ‘highlights’ I have had the pleasure of co-leading: the writing and publication of G.A.P.’s core curriculum; building G.A.P.’s Media In Action initiative and a new model of sustained partnerships with grassroots organizing groups; leading a strategic planning process which created greater clarity and commitment to social justice by articulating and centering movement-building as core to our mission; the publication of Media in Action: Field Scan of Media and Youth Organizing in the U.S. that uplifts the transformational media work that is being led by young people throughout the country; and witnessing the inspiring results of our youth leadership pipeline work, so that we now have G.A.P. alumni in key areas of leadership including three Board members (Ibrahim, Loulou and Corina) and three staff (Jesus, Jade and Karina)!
I am leaving the organization in the most capable hands. Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley, my current Co-Director, will be stepping into an Executive Director role as part of this transition. Having experienced first hand the energy, clarity, creativity and commitment that Jesse brings every day to the work, I am thrilled for him, for G.A.P. and for our extended community! Jesse’s experience and heart will be crucial to lead the organization through these changing times. I am confident that the whole G.A.P. family will continue building youth power and that their leadership will be at the forefront of our social justice movements for years to come.
Although I will miss the people and the work, G.A.P. will always be a part of me. It has given me the opportunity to stretch myself, question, learn, make mistakes, create, and live my values through my work. It has been a tremendous joy to be a part of such a loving, thoughtful, dedicated community of artists, activists and dreamers. I am so grateful for all you have taught me. On a personal level, G.A.P. reawakened my desire to do more combined artistic and political work and I plan to dedicate myself to exploring this much more in the future. Thanks again for your love and support and I look forward to celebrating with you at G.A.P.’s 25th Anniversary Celebration events this year!