May 14, 2010
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San Francisco, CA - The Board of Directors of the Glide Foundation today announced the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Willa Seldon. Seldon will remain CEO for six months while the organization searches for a replacement.

“In my recent leadership positions I have been involved in helping organizations progress to more effective operating models,” said Seldon. “I’m proud of how far we’ve come in the last three years and now Glide is positioned for the next leader, and I’m looking forward to my next challenge.”

“Willa Seldon’s commitment and work at Glide has dramatically improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the work we do for the Glide community and greatly strengthened us as an organization,” said Board Chair Amy Errett. “The Board is more confident than ever in Glide’s future.”

Since Seldon’s arrival in 2007, she has helped accomplish the following goals:

  • Improved organization-wide values and cultural initiatives that resulted in more energized and cohesive staff;
  • Strengthened the development team and infrastructure and enhanced the organization’s major donor and planned giving programs;
  • Developed a more cohesive strategic framework for the organization, completed independent evaluation of all programs and implemented new monitoring and evaluation mechanisms; and
  • Significantly enhanced Glide’s technology infrastructure in programs, development and other areas of operations.

“It’s been an honor to partner with two extraordinary founders, Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani as well as the Glide leadership team,” said Seldon. “I will be a Glide fan for many years to come.”

“Willa has been an incredibly strong bridge for Glide,” said Reverend Cecil Williams, Glide’s co-founder. “We are grateful for her dedication that has helped us significantly allow Glide to better serve the growing needs of our community while maintaining our mission and values.

“Willa has been a strong partner in helping us grow, transform and become more sustainable for the future,” said co-founder Janice Mirikitani. “Glide’s leadership team is prepared to build on this stronger foundation.”
Located at Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's harshest urban environments, Glide Foundation is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for over 40 years. From serving nearly one million meals a year, to operating a professional medical clinic, to providing affordable housing, to youth job training, to offering weekly spiritual celebrations at Glide Church, and much more – Glide touches the lives of many people. Glide has helped thousands of disenfranchised and poor people get back on their feet and find their way to jobs, housing and spiritual fulfillment.


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