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April 20 2010

Meet Our New Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Neal Myrick has been hired as the new executive director of Groundwire.

We are pleased to announce that Neal Myrick has been hired as the new executive director of Groundwire.

When we set out to fill the executive director position, we knew we needed to find someone with the right mix of technology, business and mission-related experience. Our transition committee was ready for the challenge, putting a great deal of time and effort into the search and hiring process.
Enter Neal Myrick. The board was immediately impressed by the combination of Neal’s nonprofit executive experience, entrepreneurial spirit and strong technology background. For the last six years, he has been the managing director of technology at Casey Family Programs, a national foundation focusing on issues of foster care. Neal built a strong team and impressive technology portfolio to help Casey reduce the number of children in foster care by fifty percent over the next ten years.

Prior to Casey he spent a decade working for Seattle-based software companies including Visio, where he built and managed a worldwide team of IT professionals. And all things truly are connected: Neal’s first tech job many years ago was supporting PageMaker at Aldus Corporation, which, like Groundwire (originally ONE/Northwest), was founded by Paul Brainerd.

Neal is a volunteer and partner with Social Venture Partners, where he is an executive coach for nonprofit leaders and also a member of the Environmental Advocacy and Policy Committee. He is a guest lecturer for the University of Washington's Information School, and has supported both local and national nonprofits through volunteer work and collaboration.
We are thrilled to welcome Neal to Groundwire and excited to begin this new chapter. Now more than ever, people are interested in issues of sustainability, public health and environmental protection. We look forward to Neal's leadership as we work to get engagement tools and strategies into the hands of environmental groups all across the country.

Neal's first day at Groundwire will be May 17.


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