Since July, our staff has been spending time in each of the coalition’s new districts, having literally dozens of conversations about how the Network can support you and your communities. One of the first returns on your investment of time will be in the district-level inventories of services and needs. This will be the foundation for the work of the next year and beyond (more on that below). 

Here are a few other ways we’re making sure all voices are heard:

We’re hiring local staff: To ensure communities have easy access to the Network, we are in the process of hiring district staff. These are important positions and we hope to be able to make announcements by the end of this month.

Transition Advisory Committee: To help integrate the new regions into the coalition and advise on our future planning, training, and exercise efforts, this committee will work with program staff and the board for the next 6-12 months. This committee will begin meeting in October.

Board/Governance evolution: As an independent non-profit, the Network has a board of directors and bylaws that structure our organization. We have already begun work on how to structure the board to reflect the broader service area of the organization. This work will continue in the months ahead, as we finalize and begin implementing changes for the future.

If you have any questions or concerns about how the integration is going, please contact Onora.