letter from the exec

Dear Friends,Dear Friends,

I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone in The Mockingbird Society community. Over the past six months, it has been an honor to be a part of the work that our youth, staff, board, volunteers and supporters have accomplished to improve foster care and end youth homelessness.

Being an Interim Executive Director has unique challenges and rewards. It hasn’t been easy to get up to speed quickly in a field as complex as child welfare and youth homelessness. Fortunately, we have an awesome staff and board team that has deep knowledge and commitment, and was willing to teach me what I needed to know. In addition to the knowledge, I learned a lot about attitude.

“...ultimately change happens when
advocates act from a place of hope
and with a core belief that our
community wants to collectively
improve the systems that serve
our young people.”

The news about foster care and homelessness can often provoke feelings of despair or outrage, but ultimately change happens when advocates act from a place of hope and with a core belief that our community wants to collectively improve the systems that serve our young people. Maintaining a positive outlook energizes the work of The Mockingbird Society and keeps us open to partnership with a wide range of actors who can help us change law, policy, and practice and shape budgets to reflect the urgent needs of vulnerable young people.

Another factor that influences what I can accomplish during an interim executive term is the person I follow. I am fortunate that Jim Theofelis built a strong nonprofit agency, and approached his transition thoughtfully, with the best interests of the organization at heart.

And finally, it is easier to sunset my role knowing that The Mockingbird Society has found a fabulous new leader. Check out Annie Blackledge’s profile in this issue, and you will share my excitement about her joining the talented, passionate team at Mockingbird.

The power and meaningful nature of our work will make it difficult for me to step away. Fortunately, I can continue as a donor and volunteer. Look for me sporting an orange scarf on Youth Advocacy Day.

With Appreciation,

Laura Pierce sig

Laura Pierce

Executive Director


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