Four years ago, the US Human Rights Network had the privilege of naming Ejim Dike as our Executive Director, and we now celebrate the indelible impact that she has had on the organization and human rights movement as she transitions into the next chapter of her career and personal life.
Ejim will be moving out of her role as Executive Director this fall, and we are grateful for the dedication and commitment to our members and our mission during her tenure.
Ejim played an exceptional role in engaging the different constituencies that make up the US Human Rights Network, putting into practice our belief that movements must be led by the most directly impacted, and ensuring that grassroots leadership in particular by women of color is forefronted and recognized. With Ejim's leadership, the Network has reached a number of important milestones and accomplishments:
- We have strengthened U.S. Government accountability for human rights violations and contributed to the formation of new structures within government for human rights implementation.
- We have transformed the landscape of groups that use international and regional mechanisms to hold the United States accountable to its human rights obligations by creating access at the United Nations and other human rights bodies for grassroots groups and directly impacted communities to advocate on behalf of themselves.
- We have leveraged unique moments to integrate and strengthen human rights framing and have successfully reframed issues as human rights concerns.
- We have raised awareness about often overlooked human rights concerns at the national and international level and initiated a process for highlighted emerging and marginalized human rights issues.
- We have initiated and promoted recognition for grassroots human rights defenders.
- We have developed innovative human rights programming across the United States.
- We have become the go-to organization for UN bodies interested in meeting with US civil society.
- We have strengthened the organizational structure and expanded the Network's membership.
We are honored to work with Ejim and the wonderful team at the US Human Rights Network's Coordinating Center to guide this transition. We have begun developing a succession plan including securing a partnership with Koya Leadership Partners, who will lead the executive search process.
Koya Leadership Partners is a search firm that is dedicated to the nonprofit sector, and we are excited by their commitment to our mission, their passion for our work, and their long track record of placing exceptional leaders at high-impact nonprofits across the country, including membership-based organizations.
With Koya and an internal Transition Committee comprised of Board Members, we will also launch a careful and strategic transition process to ensure that the new leader is on-boarded thoughtfully. We expect to have a new Executive Director on board in the fall and have mapped out a transition process that allows Ejim and I to work closely together as she transitions out of her role fully.
Looking forward, we are enthusiastic about the future of the US Human Rights Network and know that Ejim's legacy will be carried forward with the work of our Members, Coordinating Center staff, and Board of Directors.
Chair, Board of Directors