Herald Reports: Mike French to Step Down as Executive Director

At our May Alliance Meeting, we were pleased to announce that after four impactful years with the organization, our Executive Director, Mike French, will implement a succession plan and hand over the reins to our Deputy Director, Sarah Tober.

The Herald recently interviewed Mike and Sarah to discuss the reasoning behind this decision and what lies ahead for the Alliance.

“Good leaders know when and how to replace themselves. And you always look to build a successor and empower them. I feel like Sarah’s really where she needs to be to infuse new energy and she has deep institutional knowledge in our programming.”

Mike has chosen this timing not because of a new job opportunity but to ensure the continued growth and success of the Alliance. Sarah will officially start as the Executive Director on June 1st, and Mike’s last day with the Alliance will be July 1st. Our Board and Staff are confident in Sarah’s leadership and experience, and we are excited about the new perspectives and energy she will bring to the organization.

We extend our utmost gratitude to Mike for his significant contributions over the past four years. Under his leadership, the Alliance has navigated numerous challenges and achieved many milestones. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Thank you for your continued support as we embark on this new chapter.