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After Four Years of Leadership, Malika Redmond Steps Down as First Board Chair of ProGeorgia
ATLANTA, GA – After four years of service as the twice elected board Chair of the ProGeorgia Civic Engagement Table, Malika Redmond is stepping down to cheer on new board leadership.
Redmond spent her tenure guiding the organization through major transition and sizable growth. In her first term, she facilitated executive leadership change and the hiring of ProGeorgia’s first woman of color executive director, who continues to bring a courageous vision and innovative ideas to the coalition. In her second term, she provided steadfast management to the executive director, board colleagues, and coalition partners as ProGeorgia expanded programmatic outreach, added partners across the state, and dramatically increased resources to women of color led organizations — too often underfunded for doing the same work as their white and, or male counterparts.
This work built the foundation for the historic results of the 2020 Presidential and January 5th runoff elections during a year of multiple crises and a pandemic sweeping the nation. Women Engaged looks forward to continuing their work alongside ProGeorgia as one of the over 30 organizations that make up the table.
Executive Director of ProGeorgia, Tamieka Atkins, released the following statement:
“Malika Redmond’s leadership, innovation, and guidance have been integral to ProGeorgia’s success over the last four years. The huge strides made in voter engagement and turnout in the 2020 Presidential election and January 5th runoff are incredible examples of the impact of Malika’s leadership in Georgia. Power is something that is more powerful when shared, and in stepping down Malika continues to exemplify progressive leadership by allowing space for the next generation to take up the mantle. We are excited to see what amazing work she does next.”
CEO and Executive Director of Women Engaged, Malika Redmond, MA, said:
“Thank you to the members of ProGeorgia for trusting in my leadership and electing me twice to serve as your board Chair. I feel confident leaving the future of ProGeorgia in the capable hands of the next generation of leaders, and look forward to seeing what incredible progress they make next. I am excited to continue building on what I’ve accomplished at ProGeorgia, and furthering the work I’ve done throughout my career on creating an inclusive and representative democracy that celebrates the leadership of Black women, femmes, and girls and centers all marginalized voices.”
Women Engaged’s work centers on ensuring Black dignity and bodily integrity in an inclusive democracy. We are continuing to grow our dynamic team! To learn more about open positions at WE and how to apply, click on the following link: https://bit.ly/3mAiPd5"
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