May 21, 2019
After eight years with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, four as a Board member and four as executive director, it is time for me to move on. My last day at MCH is Thursday, May 23.
It has been my great honor and privilege to work with amazing people, organizations, and communities across the state of Minnesota. I have loved the opportunity to partner with each of you as we generate the policies and resources that will one-day end homelessness in our state.
That victory won’t happen overnight, but together we have done big things.
Our advocacy has generated nearly $400 million in new housing investments, broadened and deepened our relationships with people closest to the problem, and changed the narrative about who is homeless and why.
Affordable housing isn’t a partisan issue in Minnesota any longer. Rural or Metro, Republican or Democrat – Minnesotans know that where we live impacts everything. If you care about education, workers, healthcare or local economies – you must first care about housing. Home has no party here.
As we move forward, rest assured that MCH is well positioned for this transition. Amy Brugh will serve as interim executive director for the next three months, while our staff and Board conduct a thorough search for our next permanent leader. I’m thrilled Amy has accepted this position and can’t wait to learn who steps in to lead MCH through our next chapter.
As for me, I am headed to Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) to serve as their Director of Philanthropy. SMRLS represented me at a very tender age more than 30 years ago when my Mom fought to protect our family from unnecessary MFIP cuts. I feel honored to have the chance to give back to families just like mine after all these years. The patterns and synergies I see before me are beautiful and I can’t wait to get started.
From the bottom of my heart, thanks to each and every one of you for your partnership and support. MCH’s best years are still ahead of us.