An Update from Third Wave’s Board and Staff

June 2, 2011

We are pleased to share that Mia Herndon, our Executive Director, will spend the summer on sabbatical. For ten years Mia has given her loving spirit, visionary leadership and strategic support to our staff, grantees and the broader Third Wave community. We are grateful that we can honor her service with this gift of time to reflect and rejuvenate.

Under Mia’s leadership, Third Wave has focused its grantmaking, technical assistance and thought leadership to provide strategic support for a growing number of youth-led organizations at the leading edge of social transformation. As a staff and Board, we are excited about the work ahead and will use the space of the sabbatical to prepare for the implementation of our strategic plan over the next three years – maximizing the skills, talents and innovations of the organization’s leaders and partners at all levels.

Tara Ellison will be leading the organization in the role of Acting Executive Director until Mia’s return in the fall. As Third Wave’s Deputy Director, Tara has demonstrated a deep commitment to the Third Wave mission and brilliance as a manager. She will guide the strategic operations of the organization with the support of Alex DelValle, Program Director, and McKensey Smith, External Relations Manager, and she will harness the expertise of the rest of the organization’s talented staff.

Our Board has confidence in this team and is committed to providing them with any support they may need to ensure that this process deepens our impact, strengthens our capacity as leaders, and allows us to better serve the movement that we have all built together. We think this is an effective and important model of how organizations can and must support and nurture social justice leaders in order to ensure that they can best create and serve.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mia, Kai Gurley, Third Wave Board Chair, or any of the members of the Board. During the sabbatical, please take the opportunity to reach out to the Third Wave team to offer your support and get to know them. We are excited to continue to learn from our community and to work with you to advance our work.

Thank you again for being a part of this community with us and for making the work of Third Wave Foundation possible.

Third Wave Foundation Board and Staff


Yasmin Ahmed
dom brassey
Adrienne Maree Brown
Angélica Cházaro
Andrea Flynn
Tierney Gleason
Kai Gurley
Darshan Khalsa
Carter Klenk
Amoretta Morris
Liza Siegler
Mia Kim Sullivan
Alexandra Teixeira


Mia D. Herndon, Executive Director

Tara Ellison, Deputy Director

Alexandra DelValle, Program Director

McKensey Smith, External Relations Manager

Melissa Gira Grant, Senior Communications Officer

Rye Young, Program Associate

Agatha Patterson, External Relations Associate

Christine Davitt, Administrative Assistant

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