As I come to the end of my second - and final - year as Board President, I’d like to reflect on what the experience has meant to me. It has been my great privilege to serve with extraordinary board members to help guide this amazing organization. The Board of the ACLU of Utah is made up of diverse, intelligent, and passionate leaders who are committed to the values and mission of the organization, and its continuous fight for civil liberties for all people in Utah. The relationships we formed on the Board strengthened our commitment to each other and the to success of the ACLU of Utah.
One of the most important duties the Board performed in the last two years was to find, recruit, and hire a new Executive Director to replace longtime E.D., Karen McCreary, who retired. Now that Brittney Nystrom has been in that role for more than a year, her outstanding performance has confirmed that we got it right. Brittney’s positive leadership of the extraordinarily-talented staff ensures that the ACLU of Utah will continue to succeed for many years to come.
Danielle Hawkes, who has served as Vice President of the Board for the last two years, will become Board President when my term expires in January, following a lengthy and methodical succession-planning process designed to ensure continuity and success. I know that Dani will do a great job leading the Board and supporting Brittney and her team in taking the ACLU of Utah to the next level.
I’d like to thank all of the ACLU of Utah membership and financial contributors for your trust and support of the organization, its leadership, and its mission. Your support is well founded, and has never been more important. While I am stepping down from the Board of Directors, I will continue to support the ACLU of Utah and stand beside you, fighting the good fight to secure civil liberties for everyone in Utah.
Thank you all for the extraordinary privilege of serving as your Board President.
With profound respect and appreciation, Michael Weinholtz
This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2017 Fall Newsletter >>