A letter from the Chair of The Clubhouse Network’s Board of Directors
It is my great pleasure to welcome Lisa Cook as The Clubhouse Network’s new Executive Director. While this message shares some of the exciting qualities of our incoming Executive Director, I’d be remiss if I did not recognize the leader she is succeeding. Gail Breslow has been an exemplary steward of the Clubhouse for 27 years before stepping down. I personally want to thank Gail for her efforts to make sure that the Clubhouse could enter this leadership transition with momentum.
Lisa brings a wealth of leadership experience to the Executive Director position. She is an accomplished and dynamic non-profit executive who has led in the realms of non-profit service, education, and the public sector. Most recently she served as Director of Continuing Education in the Somerville Public School system in Massachusetts, where she led programs supporting non-traditional learners. Lisa has also held leadership roles at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Mass Mentoring Partnership, and YouthBuild USA, a non-profit catalytic organization that supports opportunity youth around the world to build the skillsets and mindsets that lead to lifelong learning, livelihood, and leadership. At YouthBuild USA, Lisa worked collaboratively with program leaders to provide technical assistance for 176 program affiliates focused on workforce development, education, community engagement, and career readiness programming. Lisa also brings private sector and international experience to TCN by leading global staff development and capacity-building programs for Sun Life Financial and Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Lisa holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, an M.A. in Marketing & Communications from Emerson College, and a Certification of Education Leadership from the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership. She was born in the very Roxbury, Massachusetts neighborhood where the Clubhouse is headquartered and has deep ties to the surrounding community – and to those that share its abundance of young talent amidst a stubborn dearth of opportunities. Her passion for serving young people and their communities matches the Clubhouse mission, and her commitment to centering diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as her leadership track record, will be invaluable as The Clubhouse Network prepares to move into our fourth decade.
I am deeply grateful to the Executive Director Search Task Force, which was comprised of Board members, Clubhouse staff, alumni, and youth who worked tirelessly over the past 6+ months in collaboration with Broadview Talent Partners, a leading search firm, to undertake a comprehensive global executive search. Lisa emerged as the strongest candidate by far to guide The Clubhouse Network forward in its mission and was the unanimous choice of The Clubhouse Network’s Board of Directors.
Lisa will officially begin her duties on September 6th, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Please join me in welcoming her to the Clubhouse family!
Amon Millner, on behalf of The Board of Directors and the Executive Director Search Task Force,
Amon Millner, Chair, Board of Directors
Steve Osemwenkhae, Board of Directors and Task Force
Fran Baker, Board of Directors and Task Force
Andrea Wood, Board of Directors and Task Force
Stephanie Khurana, Board of Directors and Task Force
Jaleesa Trapp, Clubhouse Alumna and Task Force
Parmis Mokhtari-Dizaji, Clubhouse Member and Task Force
Lynn Murray, Staff and Task Force
Brendan Casey, Staff and Task Force
Jeff Arthur, Staff and Task Force
Mitchel Resnick, Board of Directors
Rick Burnes, Board of Directors
Anele Davids, Board of Directors
Larry Wood, Board of Directors