Sharing Big News!

We write to share some news of our team and of our intentions at this challenging and propitious time.  We also want to let you know what it means for you, our valued partner.

First, the news.

Mikaela Seligman, Executive Director, is departing AchieveMission on August 14th for an exciting new opportunity: developing leadership and organizational strength in partnership with people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of this double pandemic and the wide-scale health and social crises that will continue to reshape our lives, livelihoods, economies and futures for years to come.  Her new organization hasn’t made its announcement yet, so she will share the details later this month.  Mikaela notes, “I am so proud of how AchieveMission, as a nonprofit organization working to build equitable organizations across the sector, has been doing its own anti-racist leadership work internally and offering inspired options to support our clients. I am grateful to have served in this role through times that called for leadership in wholly new ways.”

To guide the organization through its next phase, Partner Angela N. Romans has been asked by the Board of Directors to serve as the Interim Executive Director.  Angela offers, “I am excited and honored to be able to lead AchieveMission through this transition and remain committed to partnering with our partners to continue transforming the social sector toward true equity. Thanks to Mikaela for her visionary leadership at AchieveMission and in the field.”

And, finally, Crystal Y. Sewell, the Kresge Foundation Director of Human Resources, has been elected Chair of the AchieveMission Board.  “We are deeply grateful to Mikaela for her leadership and vision for this work and excited that Angela is stepping up.  The board is meeting this week to sketch out what this next phase looks like for us and for our work in the field.”

Now, what it means for you.

If you are a client, it means you will get exactly the same valued support and development you have enjoyed with us until now. No interruptions. No shifts in our responsiveness or connection to you and the work of achieving your mission.  If you are a funder,  we are eager to continue to support your grantees and stay in conversations that are strengthening equity-focused capacity builders during a time of overwhelming need.  And if you are a partner of the many kinds and types we hold as necessary to our success, we sustain our commitment to be a part of an expansive and capable eco-system seeking to infuse anti-racist leadership and talent practices into how we do everything in our organiziations.  Put simply, we are still here with and for you.

Please be in touch with your questions and thoughts.   And, of course, stay safe, be good to yourself and others and keep pursuing what matters most.

The AchieveMission Team

AchieveMission Statement of Resolve

“The rest of the world yearns to get back to normal. For black people, normal is the very thing from which we yearn to be free.” Roxane Gay, author and New York Times contributing opinion writer. 5.31.20

The country is on fire from the inside, the rage and injustice hot and fierce.

The response to the sustained inattention to institutional racism and what we see in the mobile phone videos of the very ordinary violence that black people are forced to suffer daily is outright on fire in our streets and in our minds and our hearts.

This is not new, but it comes as a very real virus with no known cure is ripping through this country and the rates of sickness and death are predictably higher for people of color, particularly black people. People have taken to the streets sometimes to their own personal peril, in some of the many forms rage takes.

AchieveMission is an organization that does diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work as a necessary element of transforming the leadership and talent practices of nonprofits and philanthropic organizations.  Part of this work is to lean into the ways that the very intentionally designed system of white supremacy is always part of our clients’ stories, whether named by those who hold positional power, or not.

White supremacy destroys and perverts the best of intentions, the finest plans, the highest callings. It was designed for that. Its roots have been drawing strength for hundreds of years, fed by unfathomable stolen wealth and the blood of so many hidden from the common telling of history.

At AchieveMission, we aspire to create a world beyond whiteness because that is the ONLY way anything functions well. We work to create organizations that actually work for everyone, led at every level by individuals who will look directly at themselves and their tough problems and do the hard work to shift their own known ways of leading and collaborating because it can be no other way.

This is a statement of resolve.  Our commitment is to be bolder while being vulnerable, sharing the work fully and revealing our own culpability and uncertainty as we go.  We will use the wealth of our resources to rid our souls, our paradigms and our organizations of the cruel and enduring legacy of white supremacy.

We hold you and each other close at this time, wherever you are and however you feel.

Watch Now: AchieveMission on Comcast Newsmakers

Mikaela Seligman, Executive Director, explains to Sheila Hyland at Comcast Newsmakers how AchieveMission transforms leadership and management in the Social Sector.


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