A new era at FCI
July 14, 2014
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am writing to our community to share FCI’s leadership plans as we move into the next stage of our organizational life.
As many of you have already heard, last Friday was Ann Starrs’s last day as FCI’s president, and I will begin by expressing our great appreciation for her commitment, for her leadership, and for the great and lasting impact of her work. Ann was with FCI since it was founded in 1986 (with only a brief break during her time in graduate school), and served as our president since 2008. Working with the excellent FCI team, both at headquarters in the field, she played a central role in making FCI what it is now: a leading international NGO dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer for women and newborns in the developing world, active globally and on the ground in Africa and Latin America. Ann’s career at FCI was one of momentous impact. She has been a true leader, within FCI and across our field, and I look forward to her continued leadership as she moves on to her next, exciting opportunity. While we at FCI will miss her as our president, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Ann will remain part of the FCI “family,” today joining our Board of Directors.
With this transition comes an opportunity to recognize and strengthen the leadership provided by FCI’s senior staff, and I am pleased to announce the promotion of Amy Boldosser-Boesch to Vice President of Global Advocacy, and Amy’s agreement to serve as FCI’s interim president. Amy has been with FCI since 2010, and has served as Director of Global Advocacy since 2012. She brings to these new roles tremendous skills as a strategist, speaker, and collaborator, and a deep knowledge of programmatic and technical issues in sexual and reproductive health/maternal, newborn and child health. Her promotion reflects the respect and esteem of FCI’s Board and staff, and the strong, constructive relationships that Amy has built in the global and U.S. advocacy community. This role of interim president will call upon her demonstrated abilities and orientation toward organizational leadership and management, as well as her strategic vision, fundraising, and financial management skills.
During this transition, Amy will be closely supported by her colleagues on FCI’s management team:
- Adam Deixel, who has served as Director of Communications and Development since 2008, and who has also been promoted to vice president
- Martha Murdock, who has been with FCI since 1997 and has served as Vice President for Regional Programs since 2010
- Maureen Burnley, who began as Director of Finance and Administration on June 9th. Maureen has worked in non-profit finance and administration for much of her career, most recently with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontieres USA. Prior positions and her community service activities, including with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the United Negro College Fund, demonstrate her commitment to civil rights and equality. Maureen has a Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from Baruch College. We are thrilled to have her on board.
We thank all of our wonderful colleagues, supporters and friends for their contributions to our common cause, and look forward to continuing to work in partnership as FCI embarks on this exciting next phase.
Chair, Board of Directors
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