Last week Rick Moyers, the Meyer Foundation’s vice president for programs and communications, informed me and our board that, after 14 years of tremendous service, he will be stepping down from his position in mid-July. He shared that news publicly earlier this morning.
Rick’s departure will be deeply felt by both the Meyer staff and board, as well as by the community. He has played so many key roles and made significant contributions both locally and nationally—from his research and writing on the Daring to Lead reports to his work as a program officer for capacity building to his leadership on Meyer’s new strategic plan—and has consistently approached his work with integrity and rigor. I am particularly grateful to Rick for his leadership through my CEO transition and in developing Meyer’s strategic plan—we would not be where we are without him. Our board appropriately honored Rick’s tenure and accomplishments with a resolution, which you can read here.
This is a major change for the Foundation, but we are in a strong position to move forward. For several months we’ve been planning an organizational change process to accelerate full implementation of our strategic plan. We will be moving ahead over the summer, according to plan, with urgency and purpose. Our program team includes staff with long tenure and deep institutional knowledge, and our entire team—at every level of the organization—is invested in our vision of an equitable community in which systemic racism and its consequences no longer exist.
After July 14, Rick will move into a senior advisor role for a few months so that we can continue to rely on his institutional knowledge and skills. While I am sorry to see him go—and will miss his day-to-day presence in the office, his good-natured candor and humor, and his peerless expertise—I am happy for him as he pursues a long-time desire to focus on a few key areas of work that bring him great joy.