|Press Release: Leadership Transition at Advocates for Youth|
LEADERSHIP TRANSITION AT ADVOCATES FOR YOUTH
After fourteen dynamic and visionary years at the helm of Advocates for Youth, James Wagoner will step down as President and Executive Director as of January 1, 2012 while continuing to work half-time, off-site as a senior advisor to the organization. Advocates' Board of Directors has named Debra Hauser, currently Executive Vice President of the organization, to be the next President and Executive Director, also effective January 1, 2012.
"James has been a terrific leader for Advocates, and Deb will strike the right balance between continuity and new directions as we move forward," said Kate Stewart, Chair of Advocates for Youth's Board of Directors. "In addition, her strategic and communications skills make her the right person to advance Advocates' vision of Rights.Respect.Responsibility.® in the current political, policy, and cultural environment."
For more than fifteen years, Deb Hauser has been the primary architect of Advocates' strategic and operational plans. She has also been at the center of numerous innovations in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, including:
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to champion sexual health, rights, and equity for young people around the globe. There is so much we can do to provide information, education, and confidential access to services, as well as social and economic opportunity for youth," said Deb Hauser. "I've worked hand in hand with James over the years to build an organizational culture that authentically engages youth as change agents and recruit a talented, passionate staff, so I feel I have the tools in place to take our vision of Rights.Respect.Responsibility.® to the next level. I also recognize no person or organization can do it all, so I am deeply committed to collaborating with foundations, national colleague organizations, and state and local partners."
Deb has already recruited new senior staff to join the organization's management team to help anchor some key new directions in the months and years to come. Deb will be joined on management team by:
"Deb will be an outstanding leader for Advocates. She's smart as a whip, has great strategic skills, and believes in authentic collaboration," said James Wagoner. "A good transition is a hallmark of a good organization, and I look forward to doing all I can to ensure a smooth transition at the organization I love."
Advocates for Youth is a national organization that promotes programs and advocates for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.