Dear Community, Friends, and Partners of Rising Sun,

The Board is announcing that in August, Jodi Pincus, is stepping down from her role as Executive Director of Rising Sun to pursue a lifelong dream of moving to Mexico with her family. Over the past 12 years, Jodi has been in service with Rising Sun to advance its mission of empowering individuals to achieve environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities by serving as a powerful guiding force for Rising Sun, the workforce development community, the Bay Area, and amongst our many partners.

Jodi will be dearly missed by the organization and the community, but we are grateful for her tireless efforts in shaping the organization into what it is today. We could not be prouder of the legacy Jodi leaves behind: our programs continue to expand and deepen, we are serving new counties and continue to run a year-round office in Stockton, we are influencing climate policy in California advocating that equity is front and center to climate investments and we have a new permanent home in the SPARC corridor!

“I have a deep love and commitment to Rising Sun and therefore this decision is bitter-sweet, but I am excited to make space for new leadership” shares Jodi. “Rising Sun is on exceptionally solid ground and it is an ideal time for me to focus on my family. The staff is led by both a committed Board of Directors and a very strong leadership team. Rising Sun’s programming, finances, and partnerships are all in good standing. While it will be difficult to move on from Rising Sun, I know this change provides an exciting opportunity for innovation, positive change and growth for the Organization”

Jodi will remain the active leader of the organization until August 1st, at this time she will transition the organization over to Julia Hatton (Director of  Development Strategy and Policy), Phil Miller (Director of Operations) and Travers McNeice (Director of Programs), who will serve as interim leaders while Rising Sun’s future leadership is identified. A Transition Committee of active Board Members has been appointed to lead Rising Sun through Jodi’s transition and guide the board in identifying the organization’s new leadership. As part of this effort, the Board is launching a national search for the future leader of Rising Sun and welcomes candidates with a passion for the mission to step forward, further details forthcoming.

There will be an opportunity to celebrate Jodi and her contributions to Rising Sun at a farewell party to be announced later this summer.


Melissa Koenigsberg

Board Member, Rising Sun


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