A letter from Outgoing Executive Director, Jennifer Flynn
Dear NYCAHN members & friends:
It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my departure. As the first staff person of this amazing membership organization, I can honestly say that I am leaving the greatest job in the world. While this is a big painful step for me personally, the Board and staff and I are all working hard to ensure that it is not painful in anyway for you, our members, supporters, funders and allies.
We are working off of a transition plan which we have had in place since the deaths of 3 of co-founders, Joe Bostic, Joe Capestany, and founding board member, Cliff Mosely. We are deeply committed to remaining true to our mission and to continuing to grow as an organization and win policy changes that will improve the lives of our membership.
We are asking that you continue, or even increase your support to NYCAHN during this transition. It is crucial to provide the incoming Director with the necessary support will allow them to hit the ground running. There will be at least one month overlap between my departure and the incoming Director. Also, our Lead Organizer, Shirlene Cooper, has been promoted to the position of Deputy Director. Shirlene has been a staff member with the NYC AIDS Housing Network for the past 6 years and we are particularly proud that we have been able to move someone who started out as a member into a position of strong leadership. Her promotion signifies our staunch belief that the organization should be controlled and led by low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.
I am committed to remaining highly active and involved. I am currently running for a position on the board, but even if the membership doesn't approve me (vote for me!), I will be helping to guide several campaigns and projects and will continue to voluntarily offer monthly support to the incoming Executive Director.
Once the Director is hired, our staff, key leaders and board of directors, will be going on a retreat to create our 1 year action plan. NYCAHN is entering year three of our latest three year strategic plan, which will serve as a blueprint for the incoming Executive Director.
NYCAHN is an extraordinary organization committed to the principles of community organizing. I can not stress how important it is for all of you to actually step up your support of this remarkable group of people. It is one of the lowest funded organizations, but is widely considered to be among the most important groups on a wide range of policy issues such as AIDS, housing, welfare and even criminal justice.
We have closed our search for incoming Executive Director and we will be announcing our decision shortly!
Working at NYCAHN has been an amazing life changing experience and words can not express my gratitude to all of you whom I've worked with.
Thank you, sincerely.