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ANDE Executive Director Transition

Message from ANDE Executive Director Randall Kempner

February 12, 2020

Dear ANDE members and friends, 

I write today to share the news that after eleven wonderful years at ANDE, I have decided to tackle a new professional challenge in the field of philanthropy. I have accepted the position of CEO with the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, a family foundation based in my home state of Texas. The foundation “works as an engine of change in both policy and practice in Texas, supporting high-impact projects and practices at the nexus of environmental protection, social equity, and economic vibrancy.” In addition, because George Mitchell was from Galveston, there is a special focus in the organization's grant funding for his (and my) hometown. 

Making the choice to leave ANDE is by far the most difficult professional decision I have ever made. I love this institution, our mission, our work, our global community, and our team. Serving as ANDE’s first executive director and building this organization has been the most gratifying work experience of my life. ANDE is, and forever will be, part of me. 

Yet, for me and my family, I believe now is the time to go home and explore a new way of making a positive impact in the world.

I will depart knowing that ANDE is poised to thrive in its second decade. We have launched a refreshed strategy focused on driving the impact of SGBs on good jobs and decent economic growth, gender equality, and environmental action. Last year was our most successful year ever in fundraising and project development, and this year is on track to be even better. 

Most importantly, we are led by a highly committed and engaged executive committee, a dedicated group of regional chapter steering committee members, and an incredible team of more than 40 staff that now spans ten countries. Over the past few years, we have assembled a highly qualified senior management team that will continue to lead the organization forward. In my opinion, ANDE is in the strongest position it’s ever been. 

While looking forward to this new opportunity with the Mitchell Foundation, I am deeply committed to ensuring a smooth transition. To that end, my planned departure date is set for late May 2020. Until then, I will continue to work hard to further ANDE’s mission and goals and ensure that the organization is well positioned for the future. 

Looking ahead, there will be a global search for my replacement, led by Elliot Gerson, SVP at the Aspen Institute and Carol Dahl, Chair of the ANDE Executive Committee. Staff and members will be engaged in the process. Our extraordinary managing director Jenny Everett has decided that she is not interested in the full-time executive director position, but if the position has not been filled before my departure, she has agreed to serve in an interim capacity.

I am so incredibly grateful to the ANDE community for its support of our organization and of me personally over the past decade. I look forward to seeing many of you over the next three months, and finding ways to connect and collaborate in the years to come. 

Sincerely,

Randall Kempner
Executive Director
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs