A Note from our Executive Committee
Dear FCYO Community,
As members of FCYO’s Board Executive Committee, we are writing to share exciting news about our leadership transition. For nearly two years Eric Braxton and Mónica Córdova have served as the Co-Executive Directors FCYO. During this time our organization has grown and thrived.
Eric is moving on after more than twenty years in the FCYO family. Under Eric’s leadership, FCYO has grown from a staff of three to a team of eleven; from an organization subsidizing its operations with reserve funds, to an organization poised to distribute tens of millions of dollars to the youth organizing field. He has been a resolute voice for the power and possibility of youth organizing. He is transitioning out of FCYO with the organization the strongest it’s been in its history, and with youth organizing infrastructure across the country more aligned, connected and powerful than it’s ever been. Eric, FCYO is immensely fortunate to have had the benefit of your vision, leadership and commitment, and we are deeply thankful for all that you have given to the organization and to the field.
After meeting with Eric and Mónica and getting feedback from our full board, we are thrilled to announce that Mónica Córdova will now serve as the Executive Director of FCYO.
Over the past 15 years, Monica has been engaged with FCYO in a range of roles - from grantee and practitioner board member to program staff and Co-Director. As a product of the youth organizing leadership pipeline herself, Mónica has unique expertise on the role of young people in social justice movements. She has been pivotal in FCYO’s groundbreaking growth, is deeply trusted by staff, Board and the field partners, and is well-poised to carry on as Executive Director as FCYO as it pursues the dynamic and ambitious work ahead.
Mónica will share more soon about her vision and plans for FCYO. In the meantime, please join us in thanking Eric and welcoming Mónica’s leadership. Leadership transitions are an essential part of building healthy leaderful movements. They are a time to reflect and to celebrate. Please join us in marking this moment as we continue the work to support young people in advancing justice.
James Lopez, Executive Director, Power U Center for Social Change
Albert Maldonado, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment
Laura McCargar, President, Perrin Family Foundation