Friends and supporters like you have continued to stand with CBCF during yet another remarkable year, marking a half-century of the Congressional Black Caucus, the jury decision on the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
And we continue to combat the ongoing global pandemic–now trying to learn more about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and what that will mean for how we live and work going forward.
But forward is the only direction the CBCF knows how to move. And at the beginning of this new year, we’re moving forward with a new president and CEO (PCEO): Nicole Austin-Hillery.
Many questions come to mind when thinking about the breadth of this role and the person we need to fill it: Can this leader serve as CBCF’s voice? Can this leader explore and support pivotal and cutting-edge research and development? Does this leader have the experience to engage stakeholders, supporters, and friends, work with Board members, and guide CBCF forward?
The answer is an unequivocal yes.
Nicole doesn’t merely “check the boxes” to fulfill the president and CEO role. She has a track record of success: Civil and human rights leader. Attorney. Policy expert. For more than 20 years, she has used her background to provide leadership and strategic counsel on a range of domestic and foreign policy issues, including civil and international human rights and criminal justice reform. Those experiences will richly inform her role as the Foundation’s PCEO.
CBCF has provided innovative programming, championed research, cultivated our emerging political, civic, and corporate leaders, and hosted events to inform and celebrate the vibrant community we are. And we will continue building on our record of success for 2022–and beyond.
I am excited about the Foundation’s next chapter in our quest to continue advancing the global Black community.
Please join me in welcoming our new PCEO!