An announcement from WRAG’s president

By Tamara Lucas Copeland
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

I always heard from my friends that I would know when it was time.

They were right.  After a few years of carefully thinking it through, it is time for me to retire.  I have advised the WRAG Board and staff that I plan to retire at the end of the year.

I joined WRAG in September 2006. Twelve years have passed quickly. Over those years, I learned to use my voice and the platform that I had more effectively to elevate issues that were/are important to me and to the region. I am proud of the work we have done, particularly in the areas of housing affordability and racial equity. I am confident that WRAG is positioned to continue to do great work to positively impact the region with a core staff complement and a board that are truly exceptional.

Some have asked if this is the right time for the organization even if it is the right time for me. I believe it is. Next year, WRAG will undertake a process to determine its direction moving forward. That next strategic vision will be announced at the 2019 Annual Meeting. I remember how important it was for me to participate in the 2007 Year of Engagement as we listened to the views of members in developing our strategic plan for 2008-2011. Next year will also be the year in which several organizations come together to host a regional summit on race, racism and the future of Greater Washington. This is not, as some might think, a culminating event, but the launch of the next phase of the work to broaden the region’s commitment to racial equity. I feel that it is critical that WRAG’s next leader be in place for this event and for the strategic planning process.

Now, what will I do? I’m really not sure. I just know that my inner voice says it is time to enter that next phase of my life. Whatever that next perch is – even if it is just sitting by the Bay for a bit – I hope to be a contributor to the greatness of this wonderful city/region that I call home. Thank you for being such an important part of my life’s journey.

Note: The Executive Committee of the WRAG Board will meet soon regarding next steps. Stay tuned.

One thought on “An announcement from WRAG’s president”

  1. So beautifully spoken! And job well done!

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