Dear Camp Fire family,

 

Over the last five years, we’ve been lucky to have Emily Gilliland serve as our President and CEO, helping us connect with kids to find their spark, lift their voice and discover who they are. Under Emily’s leadership, we’ve deepened our commitment to racial equity, championed developmental relationships, and expanded our reach through high impact programs. Our 2019 annual report outlines this important work and the impact it has on our community. Recently, Emily made the difficult but exciting choice to embark on new adventures. We want to thank Emily for her service as CEO and her continued commitment to our mission in a new role…volunteer!

While we feel the loss of a leader like Emily, it also brings us an opportunity to assess, as an organization, where we are and where we are going – as well as the opportunity to define the type of leader we need to help us achieve our goals. It is my pleasure to introduce Josh Todd (pronouns: he/him/his) as the new President and CEO. Josh was selected for his deep commitment to equity, local relationships, and track record of growing successful organizations. We are excited about his vision and enthusiasm to lead this great organization.

Josh most recently served as the Executive Director of Campus Compact of Oregon. During his leadership Campus Compact transformed from a service-learning organization that talked about diversity to a racial justice organization that used service as a tool to eliminate educational inequities.  During his seven years at Campus Compact the organization almost tripled its budget and became the largest nonprofit association of colleges and universities in the state. To learn more about Josh and his experience leading local organizations to success, visit his bio on our website.

As the new CEO of Camp Fire Josh is looking forward to leading our upcoming strategic planning process, deepening our daily use and practice applying an equity lens to all our decisions, and growing both the depth of our impact and the reach of Camp Fire Columbia.  You can meet and learn more about Josh’s plans for Camp Fire at our annual Spark event on March 11.

It is an exciting time for Camp Fire! We’re focused on serving our kids and communities with a focus on developing a community driven strategic plan and planning for our monumental 100th anniversary at Camp Namanu (2023-24).  Each of these efforts allow us to go deeper into our equity journey and ensure that youth, families, and our entire community experience a sense of belonging and achieve greater wellness and success.

We look forward to your continued support and involvement.

Ways to get involved:

  • Join us at our annual fundraiser, Spark on March 11- register now!
  • Registration is open for summer at Camp Namanu. Visit campnamanu.org
  • Day Camp registration for kids K-5 will open soon!
  • Volunteer at our next service weekend, March 27-29
  • Corporate Teams are invited to join us at the next Corporate Day of Service, March 13, email Andrea for more details!
  • Meet Josh at our Friends and Family Night at Ringlers Pub on April 9!

 

Karin Wandtke

Board Chair

Shareholder, McDonald Jacobs, P.C.

Former camper and staff, Camp Namanu

 

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