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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Tina Podlodowski Leaving Lifelong AIDS Alliance

posted by on May 24 at 15:30 PM

Tina Podlodowski is leaving Lifelong AIDS Alliance to head up Big Brothers/Big Sisters of King, Pierce and Jefferson County. Podlodowski is a former Microsoft exec and who was elected to the Seattle City Council in 1995. Full text of Podlodowski’s email to Lifelong’s staff after the jump.

From: Tina Podlodowski
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 10:00 PM
To: All Staff
Subject: Some Personal News

Hey All -

Well, Im been agonizing over the proper way to write this email but, I think, as with all things, its best just to be direct:

Ive made a personal decision to leave the agency as Executive Director. A variety of reasons have led to my decision, and I would be happy to chat with each and every one of you if you'd like. In fact, in order to facilitate doing so, Ill be hanging around the Seneca conference room at 11am to do just that. Ill be into the office around 10 am if you wish to catch me before then.

My last day as ED will be June 15th, and the wonderful, smart and all-ways charming David Richart will take over as Interim ED after that time, and during the search process (which may go fast, but may also take up to six months just to prepare you!)

In August I will begin a new chapter as CEO of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of King, Pierce and Jefferson County (and maybe Snohomish too, as there is a merger in the works) This is am amazing opportunity and an amazing organization currently serving about 2500 kids, but with big plans and big dreams to continue double digit growth, and make sure every child from Everett to Tacoma, Seattle to Issaquah, can get the help and support they need to grow up happy, healthy and with someone in their lives to really see them as they are, and care about them.

Its very sad for me to leave Lifelong, for more reasons than I can ever possibly count and Ill save the goodbyes for when its time. But I wanted to make sure you all know how strong you are, and how strong the agency isin the last three years weve gone from a $6Mish organization with 55 employees to a $15M agency with 95 employees, and double the clients. Weve doubled the food program; weve made a national name for ourselves in public policy, and a regional reputation as an amazingly well run place all thanks to you. And so much more.

Do know that the FY08 budget is solid and things are very fine with the agency so please dont think there are any worries about jobs and such (I wanted to say that for the old timers who remember the post-mergers layoffs). No danger of that here we just got $1.6M from the State, remember?

Anyway, more over the next few weeks, but do know, in all the jobs Ive had, and the roles Ive played, Ive never worked with a more caring, compassionate and fun group of people you all have my genuine affection and absolute respect.

Come chat if youd like.


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what part of "Lifelong" did she not understand when she signed up?

Posted by maxsolomon | May 24, 2007 4:17 PM

whoever posted this- shame on you!

and please, no one stays in a position for "life". Tina is an excellent person, a fabulous leader and will do amazing work wherever she goes. the next ed will be greatful that the organization is sound.

Posted by marie | May 24, 2007 5:43 PM

holy overreaction batman

Posted by A*ROCK | May 24, 2007 6:02 PM

#1 above-

the best witty I heard all day, thanks, and it is a crappy org. name to boot

they paid lots of $$$$ for the new name, of course they are awash with cash it seems

at the same time they quit giving PWA's a lousy 100.00 emergency grant, once per year, too expensive - and bothersome when you are busy counting your millions at the cozy offices

Posted by Essex | May 25, 2007 5:22 AM

Personally, I think an email is a very weird way for an ED to announce her departure. Other than that I am glad Lifelong is is good shape and I certainly wish Ms. Podlodowski well.

Posted by hanibal | May 25, 2007 10:51 AM

I think it is shameful that someone would post her personal email ANYWHERE! Tina is awesome and should be allowed to live her life like the rest of us. I'm proud to know her and think BB/BS will be better because of her. Tina, all my best to you and BB/BS. Be PROUD of what you did @ LifeLong and your life.

~Mocha Man

Posted by Mocha Man | May 27, 2007 5:13 PM

I was an employee at Lifelong under Tina's tenure. She lifted that agency out of the blackhole for which it was headed, made tough decisions, and did what it took to get the agency back on track.

I can't say I always agreed with her, but she wasn't brought in to hold our hands, she was brought in to bring the agency back from the brink if death. As anyone who's tried to save someone in that kind of a situation knows, it can get messy.

Unfortunately, she's not Wonder Woman. David is also very bright, but is often overloaded with duties. Hopefully, he will have adequate support to get his job done.

It will be interesting to see how the agency steers the course over the next few years. It will be interesting to see how much it matters once an administation that is not hostile to HIV/AIDS is installed in the White House .

Posted by House of Cards | June 4, 2007 3:02 PM

Oh, I forgot. As for the email. That's how it's done in the agency. On your last day, you send out a fairwell to all the people that have helped you along the way.

She wasn't being cold or anything.

Hires, fires, changes are all done in like maanner.

Posted by House of cards | June 4, 2007 3:05 PM

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