Guest Post: Executive Director Search Update


Thinkery is currently searching for a new executive director to lead our organization. Today’s blog post is written by David C. Smith, the Thinkery’s Interim Executive Director.

I’m pleased to provide to you, our most important supporters, an update on the process for selecting the organization’s next executive director.

Earlier this year, the Thinkery’s Board of Directors created an Executive Search Committee comprised of board members and local leaders in our community. Members of the committee include co-chairs Peter Donovan, Thinkery board president and Jim Susman, past board president; Earl Maxwell, St. David’s Foundation executive director; Richard McDonell, Thinkery board member; Monica Milligan, KIPP Austin chief operating officer; Cookie Ruiz, Ballet Austin executive director; Carla Piñeyro Sublett, Thinkery immediate past board president; Jessica Weaver, Thinkery capital campaign committee chair, Yuen Yung, Thinkery board member and president elect; Liza Zapalac, local educational leader and me, the Thinkery’s interim executive director. We are so grateful to have such a fantastic Search Committee!

The Executive Search Committee hired Koya Partners to help recruit and select from the best candidates for the position. Koya is a highly experienced firm that has conducted hundreds of executive searches across the United States and around the world. We are in very good hands.

After learning more about the Thinkery through meetings with staff, board members and past presidents, Koya is ready to find the right person to lead the Thinkery, a visionary leader who will lead us into the next exciting chapter in our extraordinary history.

Until then, I’m honored to work with an outstanding board and staff, who inspire the hundreds of thousands of visitors and Members to explore, imagine, inquire, discover, and dream big. Many thanks for your role in making all of this possible!

If you are interested or know someone who would be a great candidate, please visit the job posting on Koya’s website to learn more.

David C. Smith
Interim Executive Director

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