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Senior staffer named interim executive director

The Food Project’s Board of Trustees has named longtime Managing Director Susan MacDougall as interim executive director. Her appointment took effect on October 20, 2011. As interim ED, Susan will lead the organization while TFP conducts its search for a new, permanent executive to succeed former Executive Director Margaret Williams, who left in September.

“We believe that having Susan in the position will help ensure continuity and stability for TFP during this important period of transition, and we are grateful to her for accepting the responsibility,” said Gene Benson, TFP’s board chair.

The announcement may sound familiar to longtime friends of TFP – Susan was asked to serve in the same capacity in 2007, the last time The Food Project underwent a leadership transition. In addition to her work for TFP, Susan brings a wealth of nonprofit management experience to her new role. Prior to joining TFP, Susan served as the managing director of SquashBusters, another Boston area youth development organization.

TFP’s board also announced that an executive director search committee has been established. To be led by Saulo Araújo, the vice chair of TFP’s board, the committee will be composed of members of the Board of Trustees, staff, youth, and community representatives.

“We will be moving thoughtfully and quickly to identify the person who will lead The Food Project as it moves forward into its third decade,” Saulo said. “The food movement is gaining speed, and TFP is poised to deepen its impact locally and more broadly. We are excited about this process, and welcome suggestions about prospective candidates.”

Individuals interested in getting in touch with Saulo are invited to send messages to
[email protected].

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