In June 2021, long-time staff Katie Gavares and Tara Wilkinson were appointed Intertwine Alliance co-directors by the board of directors.
Shared leadership is a movement in the nonprofit sector that will help us function more collaboratively, inclusively and relationally. By adopting a co-director model, The Intertwine Alliance commits to a continual examination of our practices and power dynamics, with the intent to shift white dominant culture practices that serve some but not all of our communities.
Guided by our 2019-2024 strategic plan, and with much thought given to staff capacity, we've set the following priorities for the next 12 months (July 2021 to June 2022):
Intertwine Summit to be held this Nov. 9 or 10 at the World Forestry Center, designed by a committee of Intertwine Alliance partners
Continuation and expansion of the Intertwine Alliance Equity & Inclusion Cohorts
Refocus on political advocacy and regional convening to develop a cohesive regional identity, investment strategies and intersectional equity impacts
Increased partner engagement through monthly coffees
How does this sound to you? Please reach out to Tara@theintertwine.org or Katie@theintertwine.org any time. Should it be helpful, you can see the areas that Katie and Tara are each taking lead on here.
The Intertwine Alliance remains committed to this central principle: that nature is medicine, and that an equitable system of trails, parks and natural areas is critical for the health of our communities.