We recognize that we have not sent out any follow-up since Andrea’s resignation announcement and want to take this opportunity to update you. We want to provide transparency into our process as much as we are able.
We appreciate all of you who reached out to offer support during our time of transition including our sister coalition, WSCADV, and our partners at the OCVA sexual assault team. Your support for the coalition has been so appreciated and we feel our community showing up for us. We also appreciate your patience as we are under construction so we hope you will excuse our dust!
We have asked Valeriana Chikoti-Bandua and Michelle Dixon-Wall to co-lead in the Interim Executive Director role. This means that they will have the same responsibilities as an ED and are able to make the same decisions; the primary difference being that this is a time-limited position as a search for a permanent ED continues. We are very excited about the ways that they will be able to stabilize and move the organization forward during this time.
The board is working to set up a transition team that would be responsible for reviewing applications and conducting interviews in the ED search; there are currently 4 board members and 2 staff members on this search committee. We are also receiving external support from our partners at the National Resource Sharing Project to help us through this transition. One of our goals is to include stakeholder input from member programs as well and we are looking for the best way to do this. Again, we appreciate your patience as we work to return emails and phone calls of those who have reached out to provide this feedback already.
The WCSAP board and staff feel it is important for Washington to maintain a specialized entity focused on the needs of sexual assault survivors and the local programs that serve them. By having separate coalitions (WCSAP, CACWA, WSCADV, WCCVA) we have each been able to develop deep expertise in our respective fields and, while there is certainly overlap, we feel that we can keep moving all areas along a stronger path if they're given their own room. Because Washington is fortunate to have many coalitions, this affords the state, as well as, community members and advocates, more support and outlets for resources.
We are a strong state and a national leader in this field — not WCSAP alone, but all of you, our members, in your innovative work and dedication to survivors.