Dear Friends and Supporters of the Transformation Alliance,

As many of you know, I am moving on from my role as Executive Director of the Transformation Alliance. Since my announcement at the end of October, much has been done to make sure we don’t miss a beat in our work to oversee Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools and communicate with families about school quality and options.

It has been my sincere privilege and honor to serve the Transformation Alliance for nearly five years, having started with the organization in 2014 as Director of School Quality, Policy and Communications, and taking over as Executive Director three years ago. I feel such gratitude that I’ve had the opportunity to meet, work and partner with so many amazing people in our community who have come together to ensure all Cleveland children attend quality schools. The Transformation Alliance truly could not do the work we do without your partnership and support.

I leave staff leadership in the capable hands of Deborah Rutledge, board member and chair of the Transformation Alliance’s finance committee, and now Interim Executive Director. Program Manager Catherine Smith will continue to lead our communications and outreach efforts, including our dedicated team of ambassadors and navigators, who engage families, students, and other members of our community on an almost-daily basis.

With last week’s announcement that Cleveland is now a Say Yes to Education city, this is an exciting time for Cleveland, our families and our children. Say Yes is a great step forward that will help us achieve the goals of the Cleveland Plan.

It has been a great honor to work with each of you during the past five years. Thank you for your support and hard work.

Sincerely,
Piet van Lier