Emerge MA is Hiring A New Executive Director!

On behalf of the Emerge Massachusetts board, it gives me great pleasure to announce that our Executive Director, Ryanne Olsen, will soon take on a national role as the Training and Curriculum Director for Emerge America. In this new position, Ryanne will draw on the incredible success of our shared work in Massachusetts to strengthen the existing curriculum of our 25 sister chapters and develop new training initiatives for progressive women candidates across the country. Although we will miss Ryanne’s day-to-day presence leading local programs, we are incredibly excited to continue working with her in this new capacity within the Emerge family. 

This internal promotion has given us the time and space needed to create and execute a full transition plan for Emerge Massachusetts, and an active committee of professionals — made up of individuals who have participated in many non-profit transitions — is fully engaged in that process. Over the course of the summer, the Transition Committee will conduct a national search for a leader with the combination of experience and vision needed to carry Emerge into our next chapter. The perfect candidate could arise tomorrow, or could take several weeks to identify. Either way, we expect a deep pool of talented applicants, and we are committed to finding the most qualified person for this position.

In the meantime, the combined efforts of the Transition Committee, our dedicated Board of Directors, and ongoing support from our national organization will keep Emerge Massachusetts operating successfully. All of our activities and programs in Massachusetts continue to move forward as planned: We just finished an incredibly successful pilot training for campaign managers; our two full 2018 cohorts are in progress and doing well; and we’re preparing for our annual Women of the Year event, set for June 26th. In addition, recruitment for the 2019 class is on schedule and will take place through the summer and fall — and we will work with our new Executive Director to ensure Emerge Massachusetts has sufficient staff, interns and fellows to support our 2019 program offerings. Those decisions will be made in the coming months, in response to demand and the overall political landscape.

Thanks to the hard work of our staff, our Finance Committee, and supporters like you, Emerge Massachusetts is in the strongest financial position in its history. We have developed an incredibly strong foundation of individual and organizational donors, and have seen unprecedented interest in our training programs in all corners of the commonwealth. The demand for innovative programming is there; the support for strong women leaders is there; and the Emerge Massachusetts team is primed and ready to drive both forward. We don’t expect to slow down in any way this year, next year or beyond.

If you have any thoughts, questions or ideas regarding this exciting moment in Emerge history, please do not hesitate to email me(PujaMehta1006@gmail.com). The Emerge Massachusetts Board of Directors and I look forward to hearing from you! 


Puja Mehta

Chair, Board of Directors

Emerge Massachusetts

P.S. We hope you will share the Executive Director job description widely, and ask that you encourage friends and allies to apply. Thank you in advance!

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