Farewell from CYC's Executive Director
July 15, 2015
Dear CYC Community,
After an amazing five year journey, working with an incredibly inspiring community of dedicated, visionary, and strategic partners I have, upon considerable deliberation, decided to begin a new chapter in my personal and professional life. I will be relocating to Portland Oregon to join our extended family and to lead another vital social justice organization, where I will be working for the improvement and reform of the criminal justice system, specifically supporting families and children with incarcerated family members through diverse community based programming and advocacy work.
I leave CYC with a multitude of emotions: sad to leave colleagues who have become friends and partners in the shared cause of improving the lives of foster youth; Inspired and transformed by the hundreds of youth I have come to know personally and have learned from on this journey, who have taught me to be a better person, father, and community leader; hopeful about the future of our beloved CYC, now armed with an exciting new strategic plan, strengthened organizational structure and systems, and a broad cadre of dedicated funders who have assured that our 2015-16 budget is secure. I am proud of the amazing accomplishments, growth and impact CYC has had over the past years including the passage of AB-12. CYC is blessed with great Board and Advisory Board leadership, prepared to build the organization to the next level, an incredible staff, deeply committed to the mission, and an equally dedicated community of adult supports and partner organizations, who remain fiercely loyal to our compelling vision.
CYC is of course, first and foremost, about our youth members, who remain vigilant and determined to bring about system change, improved policies and implementation strategies designed to improve the lives of foster youth throughout the state, the country and the world. You all are treasures and often unsung heroes. As we prepare for this transition in the leadership of CYC, we do so with hope and confidence in the future. As you will read in the paragraph below from Jason Bryant, the President of our Board of Directors, the CYC Board is committed to identifying the best possible leader for this next phase of CYC’s history.
"It is with a great deal of respect and gratitude that the Board of CYC is preparing to bid adieu to Joseph after five extremely productive years of leadership and as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. Words cannot fully describe the extent of his contributions or the powerful impact he has made on so many lives in the CYC family.
The Board is taking all the steps necessary to assure that CYC will continue to effectively serve with great commitment and care for the CYC mission. To that end, CYC will be working with a respected executive transition and search firm, Yeager & Carlson LLC, to identify an Interim Executive Director, while a broader national search will proceed in the near future to recruit CYC’s next long term leader. Your continued support and faith in CYC are essential to our future success. The Board is fully embracing its responsibility to the community and to each of you. We pledge to do everything we can to make the transition smooth and effective and to keep you informed. Thank you."
Jason Bryant, CYC Board President
My last day at CYC will be September 4th, so there is ample time for more personal goodbyes and I of course will remain in touch from my new Oregon home. It has been a pleasure, an honor and a labor of love to have been on this journey with you all. I have deep confidence in and love for CYC. I look forward to hearing about the many future successes in the continued journey onward.
With heartfelt appreciation to my fellow travelers,
Joseph Tietz, Ph.D.
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