On October 17, the Meyer Foundation’s board of directors approved $1,855,000 in grants toward efforts to build a more equitable Greater Washington community.
In an update this past June, I shared how the Meyer Foundation is moving toward fully implementing our strategic plan and further deepening our commitment to addressing structural and systemic racism. As that message suggested, it has been a busy summer at Meyer, and the work continues. I also shared at the time that, following the recent transitions of some of our valued and longtime staff members, the Foundation is in a unique position to realign and further develop a team that will support the goals and strategies of our strategic plan, as well as other urgent and evolving areas of work.
The board of directors of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, a private foundation in Washington, DC, has elected two new members for initial three-year terms: David Harrington, president & CEO of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, and Tram Nguyen, co-executive director of New Virginia Majority.
In the early 1990s “Magic Eye” books swept the country and kept people’s noses glued to the page as they attempted to view the three-dimensional images that emerged from complex two-dimensional patterns. The pages were filled with diverse colors and forms. If you followed the directions and could diverge your eyes, an image appeared to jump out at you. But what of the rest of the colors on the page? After people saw the image, did they go back and see if they missed anything or consider how those other colors and patterns shaped the 3-D image they saw?
Like many people across the country this past weekend, I watched horrified as domestic terrorists marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. To many, Charlottesville may seem like a distant location or a remote college town, but to me, it’s my other home.
Several weeks ago, Maegan informed me that she had received an offer that she could not refuse, one that will allow her to build on her recent master’s degree in organization development and delve deeper into the field of OD, both locally and nationally. I had, as you can imagine, immediate mixed emotions—on the one hand, I am so, so happy for Maegan, and on the other hand, so sad for Meyer.
With so many emotions, I’m writing to let you know that I am stepping down from my role at the Meyer Foundation. My last day on staff will be August 25. This decision, as you can imagine, wasn’t arrived at easily (in fact, it was made tearfully and over the course of several months). Leaving Meyer is nothing like merely leaving a job. For me, the Meyer Foundation has been home for the past nine years, and my colleagues are family.
The board of directors of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, a private foundation in Washington, DC, elected two new members at its June 1 board meeting: Winell Belfonte, CPA and partner at CohnReznick, and Tori O’Neal-McElrath, vice president of external affairs at Demos.
On June 1, the Meyer Foundation’s board approved 75 grants totaling nearly $3 million to support work that advances racial equity in the Greater Washington region, including grants to support new collective action efforts in Arlington, Virginia and Germantown, Maryland; and cross-sector community organizing efforts around affordable housing in DC.
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.