Tonight, during a taped segment broadcast to guests at our 2020 Virtual Changemakers Dinner, Executive Director John Burbank announced his intention to retire at the end of June 2021.
Since founding the Economic Opportunity Institute in 1998, John has helped lead the organization through many challenges — and to many successes — with the support of our donors and a dedicated team of Board and staff members.
Leadership transitions are always a blend of challenge and opportunity. John has been upfront about his plans with Board and staff members for two years, and the organization began taking concrete steps to plan for this change more than a year ago.
EOI will contract with a search firm this fall to help conduct a nationwide search for a new Executive Director. We will be purposeful about engaging with our community and stakeholders throughout the process in order to incorporate their input and feedback.
The future holds great promise, both for EOI and the people we seek to serve. The organization is well-positioned to take on new challenges in the years ahead, and we anticipate a smooth transition to a new visionary leader dedicated to fulfilling EOI’s mission.