A Letter to the Community

LogoKelley Ellsworth

 

 

 

To our dear supporters,

I wanted you to be among the first to know that I have notified the Byte Back board of directors and staff that I intend to step down as executive director.

This was a difficult decision for me, as I love this organization with all my heart and am deeply proud of my association with it.  We have accomplished what I set out to do when I accepted the position six years ago, and I am ready for a change. I firmly believe that it is healthy for organizations to rotate leadership periodically, and there is no better time than when an organization is sound and poised to move to the next level.

Our board of directors has never been stronger—the kind of board that executive directors dream of: fully engaged in strategic planning, oversight, and resource development. Our financial situation is solid: we ended the fiscal year in June not only in the black but with a $250K reserve fund.  Our standards of instruction and services are unparalleled, and the Byte Back team—from senior management to direct service providers—delivers consistent, high-quality results for our students.

My departure will allow the organization to find the right leader for the next phase of Byte Back’s development. The board of directors is moving quickly to engage a search firm to assist with recruiting the best candidate.  I am dedicated to seeing the process through, and will remain with Byte Back until my successor is in place or until next May at the latest.

Our board chair, Keith Clark, is committed to keeping our stakeholders informed throughout the transition period.  He welcomes the opportunity to address any questions or concerns that you may have.  I encourage you to reach out to him; he may be reached at KClark@byteback.org.

During my time as executive director, I often said, “I have the best job in Washington.” Now, as the organization stands poised to enter the next phase of its development, I affirm this sentiment. Not only has it been a privilege to serve our students, who are so determined to learn new skills and impart change in their own lives. I have had the honor of working closely with individuals whose talent and dedication continue to inspire me.

I am so appreciative of the support that Byte Back has received over the past six years from our volunteers, students and alumni, program and funding partners, and our donors. Please rest assured that Byte Back will continue to meet its current commitments and serve the community well.

Fondly,

Kelley

Letter to the Community July 2014

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