After several months of change, within our organization and the world, we are reaching out to say hello.
The Alliance has always been and will always be dedicated to its long-lasting mission: Building a vibrant economy for all in the Bay Area. However, with significant change comes significant opportunity, and we have the significant change element covered!
What are these changes you speak of?
I, Nayeli Maxson, am a former Alliance board member and now the organization’s new Executive Director. My first two actions as Executive Director were to (1) bring on diversity-support extraordinaire Royce Chang to be our Director of Strategy and (2) relocate the Alliance from the Rotunda building to Impact Hub Oakland. As if that wasn’t enough fertile ground for significant opportunity, the Alliance also brought in a new Board Member, Belden Hull Daniels, who adds an incredible wealth of knowledge and energy to our team. See below for more on Belden’s amazing background as a major leader in the social impact investing field.
What does this mean for the Alliance?
We have been re-thinking our role in the vast Bay Area entrepreneurship ecosystem over the past several months. The question we have asked ourselves is: “how can we best support local, diverse entrepreneurs and better connect them to the robust local ecosystem of service providers and possessors of capital?” We are focused on support for entrepreneurs because we see entrepreneurs — the go-getters, the visionaries, the artists, the small business owners, the worker cooperatives, the out-of-the-box thinkers, the adventurers — as a source of promise. We see all they do to solve problems, create jobs, and grow our local economy as the key to making the Bay Area into the inclusive economy we all know it can be. With this in mind, we are developing a new model for our programs, one that speaks to our history as an organization and our name, The Alliance.
How can I reconnect with the Alliance?
As a key component to this process, we would like to reconnect with all of you, our friends, partners, neighbors and role-models. So please, don’t hesitate to reach out to me — firstname.lastname@example.org — I’d love to hear from you.
Stay tuned, exciting developments coming!
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