Dear Council Leaders, Members, and Friends:
I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth Brailsford has joined the WACA National Office staff as Chief Operating Officer. Liz brings a wealth of management experience in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.
Most recently, Liz served as a full-time consultant for Panagora, a DC-based implementing partner of USAID, and the USDA’s Food for Progress Program, responsible for communications at the former and research and analysis at the latter. Previously, she led the international department at Relocation Today in Minneapolis, where she headed operations, management, business development, and client relations of the department. She has also served on the boards of multiple Japan-related nonprofits, such as the Japan America Society of Minnesota and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee. Liz began her career working several years in Japan for the JET Program. She holds an M.P.A. in global policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School (and serves on the School’s alumni association board), and a B.A. in media arts from the University of South Carolina.
Our COO search was highly competitive, as WACA’s job announcement in early January drew 140+ applications. This pool was narrowed twice and six candidates were invited to interviews. Liz is already getting settled in, and you may reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liz will attend the Spring Leadership Meeting in San Antonio on May 17-18, which is followed by our semiannual Board meeting on May 19. I'm sure that you will enjoy meeting her in person.