As many of our allies and supporters know, CPR is now in the midst of a nationwide search for our next executive director. Earlier this month, with the start of the school year, Matt Shudtz left us to be a full-time parent of young home-bound children whose schools and daycare are restricted to virtual learning.
So, it's time for us to find new staff leadership. We're looking for a dynamic leader prepared to guide our nearly 20-year-old organization into its next stage of growth and impact. Since the days in the early aughts when you could squeeze all our Member Scholars and staff around a medium-sized conference table, we've grown to have more than 60 Member Scholars across the nation and a permanent staff of eight, all working virtually even before the pandemic. And, importantly, we've had and continue to have real impact on a number of policy fronts.
Given the challenges confronting the nation, many of them the result of the Trump administration's unrelenting assault on our regulatory safeguards, the rule of law, democratic participation, sound science, good governance, the norms of civilized discourse, and more, we have our work cut out for us, whichever way the election turns …
Since the very beginning of the pandemic, public health officials have warned of a second wave of COVID infections. With no epidemiological background, I’d say the impact of the virus looks more like a wildfire rolling across a forest seeking fresh fuel. But I fear that I am on the front side of a different sort of second wave.
When the pandemic forced shutdowns across the country in March and April, millions of Americans lost their jobs. Some of us, myself included, were fortunate to work for organizations that have been able to weather the storm in a “virtual office.” But with September approaching, and schools forced to navigate uncharted waters, there are hard choices to be made.
My wife and I had to make one such choice not long ago, and as a result, I'm leaving the best job I've ever had.
I have two …