I took a big step and decided to resign from my position as Director of the Jenna Druck Foundation after January. This was a very tough decision for me because I really thought I could do it all, but I can't. I came to San Diego to pursue my PhD, however my work at the Foundation became all consuming. The hardest thing for me to realize was that I just don't have enough time to do it all.
I am still very committed to the mission and the programs of the Foundation, and will remain on as their part-time Operations Director. I am also looking forward to helping finding someone to take my place who can devote full-time efforts to the Foundation and continue to help it succeed. During my short time as Director, I was humbled and challenged to turn the organization away from what I call the culture of crisis, and help the organization plan for the future.
Like most small nonprofits, the Foundation has award winning programs but struggles with its operations. I'm writing a chapter in the Community Technology Centers Operating manual about operations, and my experience from working at the Foundation has really helped me to refine my views about operations. I still believe that nonprofits by nonprofits prioritizing their operations they will become more effective at achieving their missions, however I now know hard it is to actually prioritize operations while trying to balance securing funding for the organization, managing programs, and keeping things moving forward!!