After three years as the President of the National Youth Association (NYA), I have decided that I will not be renewing my term for a fourth year and will be stepping down from my position as of June 1, 2013.
It has been an incredible journey since we founded the organization back in 2009. I have had the tremendous opportunity to meet with thousands of you across the country and contribute to important policy areas as vast as student loan reform to healthcare policy. We grew this organization from just an idea to a national group of 750,000 members that believe in a common vision for a better life for American youth.
Everyday, I am approached by officials in Washington about the tremendous growth they have seen in the organization and its ability to make a difference. From campaigning for congressional candidates and causes we believed in to building a national finance operation to even working with international peers in countries as far as Turkey, Australia, and the UK in addressing dire issues in Syria, I believe that the NYA has grown to become a lasting force for the youth voice.
The NYA has been through a lot of changes in the past few years, but I believe we are doing some amazing things. The Board has recently refined a strategy that will turn the organization into a national financial services provider for youth and I am confident that the new President will be able to take the NYA to new heights. I truly believe the NYA’s best days are ahead of it.
As I transition to other opportunities, I want to personally thank you for all of your support. Without you, this organization would not be where it is today and I hope you continue to support the organization through the new transition.