Friday, November 22, 2013

Phaedra Ellis Lampkins Leaving Green For All

Dear Norris,

As an important supporter and partner, I wanted to personally share the news that I’ll be leaving Green For All early next year to take time to be with my daughter and family; and, to focus on new strategies for social change.

Moving on wouldn’t be possible were it not for the incredible leadership of our board of directors, who have selected a dynamic new leader to take Green for All into its future. Her name is Nikki Henderson.

Nikki has a strong background in economic justice. As executive director of People’s Grocery in Oakland, she created a groundbreaking leadership development and micro-business program for food entrepreneurs, with a focus on racial justice. Nikki’s thought leadership has been widely recognized at venues like the United Nations, TEDx, and Bioneers. In 2010, she was honored with one of ELLE magazine’s five Gold Awards for young influencers.

Nikki worked closely with Van Jones and me in the early years of Green For All, and we were deeply impressed—both by her commitment to our issues and by her natural leadership abilities.

Most importantly, I believe Nikki is exactly the right leader at the right time for Green For All. The organization is ready for its next phase, and I believe there’s no better person to drive it. Nikki will invigorate and excite our base, bring new insights to our work, and create high-impact results.

Nikki will start with Green For All on February 1, 2014. In the months leading up to her official start date, she will be working closely with our board and staff on our work planning process, and will be ready to hit the ground running in February.

I know Green For All will be in excellent hands under Nikki, and I’m excited and confident about what we will accomplish in the coming months and years.

My decision to leave an organization and cause that I love wasn’t an easy one. But I feel that I can move on knowing that our new leadership and staff—working closely with partners like you—will take the work forward.

I greatly appreciate your partnership. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the people that I have had the opportunity to work with. Your commitment and belief in a better world inspire me to be more. Being at Green for All has made it clear to me that we are surrounded by incredible grace and love. I want to have time to share those things with my young daughter. I am not leaving forever. Instead, I am taking a pause to recharge. I will be watching, supporting and helping, whenever needed.

Thank you for your past and future commitment to our mission.

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
CEO, Green For All

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