As I settle in to my duties as Diversity Richmond’s Executive Director, I’m still riding the wave of excitement and possibility entering a new year brings.
To some of you, I will be a familiar face, having worked for over a decade in service to Richmond’s LGBTQ+ community. And yet, as Diversity’s Executive Director, I will be introducing myself in new ways that reflect Diversity’s renewed energy around our commitment to live into our mission.
In the months to come, you’ll be hearing more from me about both familiar and new opportunities to engage us in service to our community. It’s still early in my tenure (only 87 days), but I’m already thinking about the five Ps:
- Uplift and empower our People (staff, board, community)
- Engage with intentional Purpose
- Deliver Programs that are responsive and relevant
- Offered in a Place that is welcoming and safe
- Sustained by a diverse Portfolio of support
If that feels like a lot, it is! Our goals are ambitious because our community deserves the best partner and advocate possible. In my short time here, I am inspired by such an amazing staff and dedicated board committed to Diversity Richmond being a voice, a catalyst, a space and a resource for the LGBTQ+ community of greater Richmond.
I am proud to lead this organization, and I, we, all of us, are energized to answer this call.
So, I’ll say it again: Hello and Happy New Year from Diversity Richmond!