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Rolando Santiago

MCC U.S. leader plans transition as term ends

November 19, 2009

 

AKRON, Pa. – Ann Graber Hershberger, chair of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Board of Directors, has announced that the organization’s executive director, Rolando Santiago, has decided to leave the agency when his six-year term is complete in August 2010.
 
MCC U.S. leads and coordinates the activities of four MCCs in the United States including Central States, East Coast, Great Lakes and West Coast, and directs its own Peace and Justice Ministries and Washington Office staff.
 
Along with the full MCC system, MCC U.S. is part of the process to re-envision MCC’s future through the New Wine/New Wineskins process. The MCC boards in the U.S. are working together to streamline decision making and plan for increased coordination, efficiency and impact.
 
Santiago, who has been instrumental in that process, said that “in the midst of organizational changes in MCC U.S. that the board and I have been planning over the last three years, it is important to create space for new leadership to grow the seeds of change.”
 
He plans to pursue new opportunities in peacebuilding, intercultural leadership, public health and education.
 
Graber Hershberger said that in his tenure, “Rolando has defined intercultural leadership, built denominational relationships and heightened witness to government.”
 
She noted that MCC U.S. is moving into the future as a strong organization. Regional and national staff have strengthened Summer Service Worker and Church Community Worker programs with immigrant and people of color churches. The Washington Office has developed new web initiatives and tools that broaden its reach in Christian advocacy. Regional and national program offices are creating strong links to partners and constituents through community accountability and reference groups.
 
Graber Hershberger said a transitional leadership search committee has been named by the board. The team includes Leonard Dow of Philadelphia, MCC U.S. board vice chair; Gwen White of Philadelphia, who represents the Brethren in Christ Church of North America on the MCC U.S. board; and Ron Byler of Goshen, Ind., who represents Mennonite Church USA on the board.
 
“This is an exciting time for MCC U.S. and all of MCC. We must continue to reinvent our beloved organization to remain relevant and cutting-edge in our mission of peace, development and relief in the name of Christ,” said Graber Hershberger.