Chattanooga nonprofit director stepping down

Chattanooga nonprofit director stepping down

April 2nd, 2016 by Kendi A. Rainwater in Local Regional News

UnifiEd Executive Director Elizabeth Crews , left, and deputy executive director Lakweshia Ewing speak about public education during a meeting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial board in August 2015.

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

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UnifiEd is looking for a new leader, as the local nonprofit's Executive Director Elizabeth Crews is stepping down after leading the organization since its launch.

Crews is leaving her job at the helm and moving to new opportunities in New York City at the end of this summer, and UnifiEd's Board Chairman Alison Lebovitz said she'll be greatly missed.

"I've just been totally blown away by Elizabeth," Lebovitz said. "She's a very high-level thinker who creates a very accessible approach in the way she does business."

UnifiEd, started in June of 2014, is dedicated to involving the community in public education and ensuring that every student in Hamilton County attends a great public school.

Crews said she believes UnifiEd is in a good place to recruit a great leader to help take the organization to the next level.

"UnifiEd's work is not going to stop," Crews said.

Lebovitz said a national search is underway to fill Crews' position, and she wants the next leader to continue the organization's work of providing the community with a voice, and also a way to organize toward action and change.

"We are on such a trajectory," Lebovitz said. "I want the next leader to build on the work and momentum we have now."

The job posting on the group's website says Unified wants the next executive director to be responsible for strategic planning and sustainable development of the organization. The director will work with staff members to lead and manage: policy change initiatives, messaging and communications, development and operations, staff training and leadership development, political strategy, and civic engagement, the posting states.

Contact staff writer Kendi Anderson at 423-757-6592. Follow on Twitter @kendi_and.