After more than 12 years of service alongside the family, fellow staff, colleagues in the field, and neighbors who have welcomed us into the work, Doug will be taking a well-deserved three-month sabbatical beginning July 1 and will return October 1.

Taking a page from both LA-county based Durfee Foundation’s 20-year commitment to providing sabbaticals to leaders in the for-impact sector, and following the lead of local funding partner McGregor Fund’s Gene Miller Fellowship, the three-month break will serve as a recharging time for Doug and a chance for our staff team to advance their skills and capacity to take on additional leadership.

In recognition of her growing positive impact in the field and in the Foundation, Meredith Freeman has agreed to serve as interim executive director during the sabbatical period.  The Foundation has been fortunate to have Meredith on the staff team for nearly five years and the broader field has benefitted from her expertise for more than two decades.

“We’re excited for Doug to have a chance to unplug, to spend extended time with his family, pursue his endless curiosity without the demands of his work schedule, and to celebrate 25 years of marriage with his wife Sandra.  Equally, we’re thrilled with the opportunity to have Meredith step forward and know we will all benefit from her enhanced leadership role,” said Chairman Phillip Wm. Fisher.