Dear Women’s Funding Alliance community,
We are living in transformational and fast-moving times for women and girls; change, opportunity and potential are around every corner. At Women’s Funding Alliance, we see these exciting moments play out in our daily work and today, we have our own change to announce: after serving for more than seven years as our President and CEO, Liz Vivian will be leaving the organization to pursue new personal and professional opportunities this spring. The Women’s Funding Alliance Board is thankful for the visionary leadership, energy and commitment Liz brought to her role. Her dedication and hard work on behalf of women and girls across Washington State has moved the organization and our communities forward. Please join us in wishing Liz all the best in her future endeavors.
Given the dynamic changes of our time, Women’s Funding Alliance’s mission and vision are more relevant than ever. To make the case for our work, we commission research on the most pressing issues facing women and girls in our state. We gather stories and evidence on promising practices and policies to break through barriers and create more equitable opportunities. In a statewide poll we conducted recently, 8 in 10 women surveyed said Women’s Funding Alliance is on the right track in working on gender equity, leadership and other issues important to women. They support our shared vision of a state that fully realizes the power of women and girls, making families, communities and the economy stronger.
You are the reason we are able to elevate opportunities for women and girls and we are grateful for your support. Led by Liz and the Women’s Funding Alliance team, here’s a sampling of the many impacts your support has driven:
• 100% Talent, a regional data and best practice driven initiative is engaging employers to close wage gaps and increase workplace equity. Change is accelerating with a membership of more than 80 employers including Fortune 500 companies, local government and neighborhood businesses.
• Women Thrive is forging a pathway to economic strength for women and families through post-secondary education and training. Our most recent report, “On Her Way” details the challenges we face and the solutions that would accelerate change.
• LEAD, a statewide initiative to grow civic participation and leadership of girls and women, has trained 400 young women to engage in politics and civic life. This spring and summer, more than 100 young women will join their ranks by participating in our non-partisan trainings on college campuses.
• GLOW has created a statewide network of high quality girls leadership development programs, giving more girls the inspiration and support to be powerful change agents
While much has been done, there is still much to accomplish. We have a fantastic and dedicated staff that will continue their work with the help of an interim executive director, followed by a wide-ranging search for a permanent leader. We look forward to engaging our Women’s Funding Alliance community in this process.
We wish Liz the very best and extend our continuing gratitude to you. As always, Women’s Funding Alliance embraces the dynamic potential of the opportunities we see ahead. We are, and will continue to be, a force for change for women and girls in the State of Washington.
With enduring gratitude,
Gillian Crossan, WFA Board Chair on behalf of the WFA Board