Here at EJUSA we don’t often share the inner workings of our organization, posting instead about the issues that drive our mission and the changes we seek — and that you want to see — in the justice system.
But our inner workings make me equally proud to be part of EJUSA, because we work hard to reflect our values there too. That means all kinds of things, for example:
- Making time for our team to bond and connect so that we can do our best work together.
- Committing to racial equity, and investing in the internal work required to get there.
- Avoiding unnecessary educational requirements when we hire, so we don’t overlook excellent people who haven’t had access to those opportunities.
- Building a team that is politically diverse, even when it’s hard.
- Hiring people who’ve had direct experiences with the issues we work on.
- Supporting our staff with good benefits, flexible work hours, and family-friendly work arrangements.
Encouraging time for staff to take breaks, recharge, and build balance into their lives.
That last point is one of the hardest for us, because the fights are so big and we care so deeply. But it is also the most important — because there are no quick wins in the fight for justice. All of us — staff, volunteers, activists, donors, supporters — need to pace ourselves because this is the work of a lifetime.
So, I am humbled and privileged to share that I’m taking a sabbatical for the next four months, an incredible opportunity. I’ll be back to work on April 5. While I’m gone, our work will continue. My two brilliant colleagues, Laura Porter and Jason Zahorchak, will take the helm as Acting Co-Directors.
During my time away, I hope to reflect on my 16 years with EJUSA, where we’re going next, and how I can be an even better Executive Director when I return. I’m excited to rest, learn, grow, and recharge for the road ahead.
I’ve heard from many of our supporters how worn out you are by this election, the uneasiness you feel about the work ahead, and the fear you’re living with as our nation’s public rhetoric feels more divisive, racist, and hateful.
The coming years will require all of us to be even bolder in our vision, more creative in our strategies, and more decisive in claiming the values we stand for, like racial equity, healing, bridge building, and justice that is truly responsive and accessible to all.
This the fight in front of us.
I am excited to see what new ideas emerge at EJUSA while I’m away, and to take our collective struggle into its next chapter when I return. I remain deeply grateful for the unwavering support and partnership of the entire EJUSA family, including you.