Newsletter – April 6, 2021

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I Saved My Best For Last

Hi friends,

I’ve emailed you on a lot of topics over the years, but none better than this: I’m thrilled to share that next Monday I will pass the Invisible Scepter of Power as the head of The Management Center to my teammate Jakada Imani.

Jakada Imani smiling next to text that reads Meet Our New CEO.

Jakada, who steps in after a nationwide search involving over 100 candidates, brings more than 30 years fighting for racial, economic, and social justice. Most recently, Jakada has been a senior coach and a key member of our leadership team at The Management Center. His clients rave about his impact on them and their organizations; as one wrote recently, “Jakada, you have been a tremendous blessing in my life—there really are no words to describe the ways you’ve grown me as a leader.” Jakada was also the longtime ED of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the founding director of the Ignite Institute at the Pacific School of Religion, and he is currently the board chair of Greenpeace USA and the OneLife Institute and a member of the board of the Compton Foundation.

I believe that Jakada’s brilliance and his background make him the ideal choice for this role. He understands what it takes to deliver results and lead equitably, and he appreciates how hard those things are. Jakada’s professional and lived experience as a Black man gives him further insight and commitment to advancing racial justice at The Management Center and in our programming. And he is determined to preserve what you have told us you find most helpful about TMC and to lead us to evolve in the ways we know we can keep improving.

As for me: building The Management Center and supporting your work these past 15 years has been the privilege of a lifetime. In the months ahead, I’ll maintain a connection here as a part-time advisor and coach while I reflect on what else my next chapter might hold, and I’ll carry with me deep gratitude to all of you for continuing to fight the most important battles of our time.

— Jerry Hauser

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