January 28, 2016

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GLIDE Announces New Role of Foundation President


SAN FRANCISCO, CA —The Board of Trustees of the GLIDE Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a new staff position, President of the GLIDE Foundation, with a search for candidates beginning immediately and the role to be filled by July 1, 2016. Azzani Search Consultants will conduct the search.


Working closely with GLIDE’s Board of Trustees and leadership team—Co-Founders Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, Co-Executive Directors Kristen Growney Yamamoto and Rita Shimmin, and Senior Pastor Karen Oliveto—the President will assume a primary role in steering the organization and shaping a shared vision of its mission and activities in the coming years. In addition, the President will build upon GLIDE’s longstanding legacy as an internationally recognized center for compassionate care and advocacy on behalf of the disenfranchised.


“We are tremendously excited about the creation of this President position,” said Board of Trustees Chair Amy Errett. “We’re eager to add another visionary leader to our team, someone uniquely qualified to chart a course toward the organization’s future while ensuring our ongoing commitment to social justice and providing transformative opportunities for all members of our beloved community.” 


Concurrent with the July 1 appointment of the new President, Rev. Williams and Ms. Mirikitani will transition into part-time roles in which they will continue to remain active in cultivating and stewarding relationships with members of the GLIDE community. Significantly, they will guide the process of leadership training with GLIDE’s Board and staff in order to pass on the organization’s history and culture of radical inclusivity and unconditional love. 


“As always, we are passionately committed to GLIDE’s work and values,” said Ms. Mirikitani. “We look forward to nurturing community goodwill and the abundant talents of our leadership team, while remaining integrally involved with organizational priorities.” 


Added Rev. Williams, “The addition of a President is coming at just the right moment in GLIDE’s history, as we collectively envision and move toward the next phase in the organization’s development, and of course we look forward to working closely with the incoming President.”


“It is nearly impossible to convey the enormity and impact of Jan and Cecil’s trailblazing accomplishments over many decades, both at GLIDE and across an expansive landscape of activism and influence worldwide,” said Errett. “As they step into part-time positions, Jan and Cecil will continue to inspire us all with their compassion, vision and leadership. It is a true gift to continue to benefit from their wisdom and commitment as we step into the future.”



For more than fifty years, GLIDE has worked to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Located in the culturally rich Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, GLIDE serves a diverse cross-section of homeless, low-income and disenfranchised program participants, providing a comprehensive set of programs including:  free meals; HIV/Hep C testing and counseling; housing assistance; domestic violence counseling and abatement; substance abuse recovery; licensed childcare; afterschool and summer programs for youth; a resource center for families; free legal services; and access to free primary and behavioral health care. GLIDE has founded and sustained visionary programming, and achieved tangible results for tens of thousands of individuals and families on the margins, all once thought to be beyond the possible. 





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