Announcing our New Executive Director, and a July Potluck and Presentation!
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The Compassionate Action for Animals' Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Unny Nambudiripad will be CAA's new Executive Director! Unny will work for CAA full time and begin in this role as of Monday, August 22. Danielle Smith, our current Director of Volunteer Programs, will be leaving as of Friday, August 5.
Danielle says of her departure, "I have absolutely loved my time with CAA and will cherish the connections and memories I have made. I owe CAA so much. Not only has the organization supported me in professional ways, I have also grown stronger as an animal activist."
She continues, "I hope to stay connected to the organization and look forward to the possibility of serving on the board of directors in the near future. I am also happy to know that Unny, who will be taking over volunteer coordination, is someone you are all familiar with. I believe that many great things are in store for CAA in the years to come."
Unny says, "I'm excited at the opportunity to take CAA to the next level. I've had a lot of fun working with dynamic leaders, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers, and businesses, donors, and partner organizations to raise awareness about the plight of animals. Sometimes it is challenging to find the motivation and energy to be an effective advocate, but I'm confident that with your help we can make big changes for the animals we are here to protect."
Unny is a co-founder of Compassionate Action for Animals and has over 15 years of nonprofit experience. He has conducted investigations on factory farms, passed out leaflets, has written for local publications on animal issues, and planned social events. Additionally, Unny has led our fundraising efforts for the last five years, managed volunteers, served on the board of directors of several organizations, and coordinated strategic planning and budgeting. Because of his combination of experience and commitment to CAA's mission, we are excited to promote him into this position.
Please welcome Unny in his new role by:
- Volunteering - Fill out a volunteer form and get involved.
- Donating - You can donate online now.
- By attending CAA events, meeting new people, and learning more about the issues.
The Board would like to thank Danielle for her work over this past year. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. We are excited to have Unny joining us full time and we look forward to what CAA will accomplish in the future.
CAA's very own Dave Rolsky will be presenting at the July EarthSave Potluck
Being an activist is a noble calling, but there's more to be an activist than just "doing stuff". You need to have a strategy for helping animals. What are your goals? What obstacles stand in your way? How can you best overcome those obstacles?
At Compassionate Action for Animals, our underlying strategy is deeply shaped by Strategic Nonviolence. Strategic Nonviolence draws from the lessons of past struggles, notably the civil rights movement and the Indian independence movement. It covers the different paths towards success, the power dynamics inherent in every struggle for social justice, and finally provides a set of clear goals for success.
From that analysis, CAA draws a set of principles that shape our strategy towards total animal liberation.
Dave Rolsky will give a presentation on CAA's strategy at the July 17th EarthSave potluck.
Time: Jul 17, 2011 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55410