Sunday, December 28, 2014

New endeavors for some @mayorvincegray staff

On Friday, December 26, long-time DC government employee Latisha Atkins sent this email:
Good afternoon all & happy holidays-

It is with bittersweet sentiments that I send this email to you today, however, my last day working as the Executive Director of the Office on Women's Policy and the DC Commission for Women will be next Tuesday, December 30, 2014. After 5 long years of working in an Excepted Services position (and in two Mayoral Administrations), I am now seeking to transfer the skills and knowledge I have acquired in continuing my efforts to build and strengthen communities and vulnerable populations through advocacy and community development. It has truly been a pleasure working with all of you to identify solutions for challenges that exist Ward wide and I remain even more committed to continuing to serve and support our great ward and its residents for years to come. From my days as the Ward 7 Outreach & Services Specialist under Mayor Adrian Fenty to serving as Mayor Vincent Gray's Deputy Director of his Office of Neighborhood Engagement, I value all that I have come to learn from these various experiences. I am hopeful that we are leaving the DC Commission for Women/Office on Women's Policy & Initiatives in great hands and that our work will go on for others to benefit and enjoy for future generations.

I will continue to stay connected to each communities list serve and look forward to seeing you around the Ward.

Earlier this month, Amy Loudermilk sent this email:

Dear Colleagues –

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of my departure from DC government at the end of the month. It's been an amazing roller coaster ride serving as the Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of GLBT Affairs, an experience I wouldn't trade for the world. Under Mayor Gray's leadership, the needle for LGBT equality in DC has been moved to an unprecedented level. I'm incredibly proud of all the work we've done, especially on behalf of the trans community. I have faith that this great work will continue and look forward to seeing more amazing things come out of this office. Thanks to each of you who have partnered with the office to help achieve so much. Without your assistance none of these things would have been possible.

I'm excited to let you know that I have accepted a position with The Trevor Project, the national nonprofit that runs the country's LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline. I will be leading the organization's government affairs department in DC, working both on federal and state legislative and policy issues. I am excited to return to my suicide prevention roots and fight every day to create a better world for LGBTQ youth. I am also very fortunate to still be able to keep a foot in the world of local DC advocacy.

All the best to two long-time colleagues!

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