Dear Colleagues –
It was almost exactly a year ago today that I was asked by the newly formed Charleston Promise Neighborhood Board of Directors to take the helm as CEO and help launch this important initiative within the community.
It has been an amazing planning year and we now enter into the implementation phase of our work, including several initiatives within the four CPN elementary schools designed to dramatically and rapidly improve educational achievement for Neighborhood children. At the broader community level, our Community Engagement Council is developing a community action network, a youth initiative involving middle and high school students, and continuing to engage and convene Neighborhood leaders to build on existing strengths.
As momentum has been building at CPN, I’ve also continued to support my partners at Green, Ford and Wallace as they’ve grown our law practice. Although it’s an exciting time at CPN, it is also now time for me to return to the practice of law. I am doing so knowing that CPN is on solid financial ground, has developed a strong program strategy, and has garnered the community awareness and support that it needs to be successful moving forward.
Within the next several days, CPN will begin an official search for a new CEO to take the helm and steer CPN’s growth strategy moving forward. CPN will also be looking at other opportunities to re-align the organization so that resources invested by the community are focused in a laser-like way on CPN’s program priorities.
As I had the opportunity to share personally with so many of you at our recent “Friendraiser” at the Market Pavilion, your support is vital to CPN’s success. Please rest assured that I’ll continue to be an ongoing CPN ambassador and supporter and will work closely with the Board and staff and the Neighborhood during the next few months to ensure a smooth transition for all.
It has been my pleasure to be part of an organization with such an important mission and vision, and I have been grateful to have the opportunity to meet with, learn from, and build upon the important work that so many of you have being doing already within the community.
Dwayne M. Green