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Important Update Regarding Executive Director J. Harrison

As many of you know, The Food Project’s Executive Director J. Harrison has been out on medical leave since April of this year. While J.’s condition is improving every day and he is optimistic about making a full recovery, his treatment is taking longer than anticipated. In order to devote his time and energy fully to his health and recovery, J. has made the difficult decision to step down from his role as Executive Director at The Food Project.

Board Chair Linda McQuillan, who has been serving as interim executive director since April, will continue in that role until a permanent executive director can be named. A committee of Food Project trustees, alumni, and former staff will oversee the search process in collaboration with our executive team to identify and interview qualified candidates for the executive director role.

We are incredibly grateful to J. for his vision, leadership, and dedication during his fourteen-year career with The Food Project. Beginning in 2005 as a farm manager during the North Shore’s inaugural season, J. has held multiple roles within the organization including North Shore regional director, and most recently executive director since 2014. In addition to his duties with The Food Project, J. served as the Massachusetts State Partner for FoodCorps, was a founding member of the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, and continues to be a member of the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative steering committee. Thanks in large part to J.’s efforts and strategic leadership, The Food Project is well positioned to welcome aboard its next executive director to lead our work forward.

J. is extremely proud of The Food Project and the excellent work we’ve accomplished together. Reflecting on his time with the organization, J. shares: “There are no words to describe my gratitude for all that I’ve learned, for the relationships I take with me, and for the hard work I’ve had the honor of being a part of. I’m especially proud of the role The Food Project has played in the lives of the young people who have worked here, and I know many of them have gone on to make a big impact in food systems change. My work at The Food Project never felt like a job for me and has always been a labor of love. The work we do in partnership with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds is so difficult, yet so important. Until our food system truly cares for the land and all people, this work doesn't stop.”

Please join us in wishing J. a speedy recovery and sending him best wishes as he takes the next steps on his life’s journey. If you would like to forward a message to J., please click here. The Food Project is stronger because of all of you in our community who believe in and support this important work.

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