I am writing to notify you that I am stepping down as the first Executive Director of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance effective immediately. As a co-founder, I worked tirelessly with a dedicated team to build a movement to bring resources to thousands of Indo-Caribbean residents in New York. Today, I am happy to see that the organization has grown into perhaps the largest program and advocacy outlet for this community.
Over the last few months, the Board of Directors along with our staff and volunteers have developed a careful transition plan to ensure the organization continues to prosper. As part of this plan, our current Director of Youth Programs, Padma Seemangal will become the Acting Executive Director. With your support, Padma will have the capacity to continue the important work we started to foster a stronger Indo-Caribbean community.
It has been an honor and a tremendous learning experience to lead this organization over the last five years. I am confident that this is the right time to initiate this transition because it will make the organization more robust and sustainable for generations to come. I am counting on your continued support of ICA and I look forward to working with you again.
With gratitude and respect,
Richard S. David
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Safia has been a volunteer with ICA for a number of years. She started as a mentor to several young women in ICA’s Leadership and Mentoring Programs and gradually took on more responsibilities including spearheading events and fundraisers. She served as a co-chair of ICA’s Inaugural Gala in 2013.
She received her B.A from the University of California Irvine (UCI) and her coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPec)
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Michael holds a B.A. in international business from Dickinson College, a professional certificate in fundraising from New York University, and has over 5 years of fundraising, event planning, and non-profit experience.
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Michael served as a Co-Chair of ICA's Inaugural Gala in 2013 and in other ad-hoc volunteer capacities to enhance ICA's mission. In addition to his professional pursuits, Michael is an avid cyclist who has successfully completed two TD Bank 5 Boro Bike tours. Michael was raised in Brooklyn, New York.
Kenrick I. Ross is Founder and President of Urban+Out, a New York-based organization which promotes community involvement, cultural engagement, and professional development in LGBTQ communities of color. Founded two years ago, Urban+Out utilizes events, panel discussions, social media presence, and e-newsletters to engage and empower queer professionals of color to be leaders in their communities.
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