This past January, 1in6 celebrated its 11th anniversary; My Friend’s Place and The Youth Project also had anniversaries that month. All told, the three organizations that I’ve been involved with are celebrating a combined 59 years of service to the LA community and beyond. I couldn’t be happier. January also marked my 30th anniversary as an executive director in the nonprofit sector, and after many months of counsel and deep reflection, I have decided that I will be retiring at the end of 2018. I began the process of considering retirement in the middle of 2016, on a hiking trail at the continental divide. I waited a full year and then let the 1in6 board know at our summer board meeting in NYC this past year. They accepted my resignation at our December meeting, and it will be effective at the end of this year.
While retiring from full time work, I plan to stay involved with the nonprofit sector through ongoing involvement with my Durfee colleagues, volunteering in my local community, and consulting and speaking.
Over the past 11 years, I have witnessed the issue of male sexual abuse and assault move from a place of silence to a place of public consciousness, with more anti-sexual violence organizations serving men in their work, and more men—including men in the media and other high-profile positions—speaking out and seeking help. But there is still much to be done. 1in6’s passionate staff and board remain steadfastly committed to serving men who have experienced sexual abuse and assault and the people who care about them, and I look forward to making the most of this year and then passing the torch on to capable hands.
You can find the job posting at 1in6.org/jobs. If there is anything that 1in6 can do to be of service to you, please contact the staff at info[at]1in6[dot]org. Additionally, I welcome your questions, comments, and ideas at steve[at]1in6[dot]org. Thank you for your generous support over these last 30 years.