A Fond Farewell March 27, 2023
My final day as PSR’s Executive Director was March 24th. In a few weeks I will begin a new professional chapter, as President and CEO of Clean Water Action and the Clean Water Fund.
It has been an honor and a privilege to lead PSR over the last six years. I’m especially grateful for all of the hard work of the outstanding team here at PSR’s national office. The staff here is strongly committed to PSR’s mission, and does fantastic work. Together, we’ve grown our funding support, launched some exciting new campaigns and initiatives — much of it in partnership with our chapters — and brought outstanding new leaders to our Board. I’m particularly proud to have provided opportunities for a new generation of health professionals to create and lead some of our newest initiatives, and for our team’s efforts to ground our work in the struggle to achieve racial and economic justice.
I’m particularly proud of the positive, trusting, and supportive culture at our national office. As I’m sure many of you experience, being an advocate, fighting injustice, dealing with often overwhelming issues like climate change and the nuclear weapons threat — it can all be highly stressful. In particular, it has been painful to learn about the added stress that people of color experience doing the work that we do. All of you bring so much of yourselves to this work, and to the struggle for justice. As a community I hope we all all take the time to listen, and to take care of each other.
Finally, I can’t imagine leaving things in better hands than with Taylor Carneiro-Johnson, who is serving as Interim Executive Director while the search for a permanent Executive Director moves forward. Taylor has served as PSR’s Director of Operations since 2014. His leadership has been instrumental in our success throughout my tenure.
I look forward to crossing paths with PSR activists, staff, and chapter leaders in my new role at Clean Water.
Best wishes to you all,