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Posted October 3, 2005
Kelley, Founder/President, MAVIN Foundation
Bates, Chair, MAVIN Foundation Executive Transition Committee
MAVIN FOUNDATION FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
MATT KELLEY ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE
After over seven years at MAVIN Foundation’s helm, I will step
down at the end of January 2006 to pursue opportunities in the private
When, as a 19-year-old college freshman, I used an Internet bulletin
board to announce a new magazine dedicated to “the mixed race
experience,” I was not sure what would ensue.
More than seven years later, mixed heritage issues have become part
of the mainstream, and I am proud that MAVIN has played a leading role
in raising awareness, implementing ideas, and achieving results. We
have saved lives by registering over 10,000 bone
marrow donors, published a provocative, high-quality magazine,
presented testimony to Congress about the health needs of mixed heritage
people, and consulted with schools
and organizations to institute a “mark
one or more races” format that stops forcing kids to deny
part of their heritage. This year alone, MAVIN produced the documentary
Daybreak and launched several new projects, including the Generation
MIX National Awareness Tour, the Adoptee
Empowerment Project, and the Mixed
Heritage Center, a joint venture with the Association
of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA).
Today, MAVIN has more than 7,500 members
who have guided our investment of over $2.5 million into projects
that serve over 200,000 people annually. Our award-winning website receives
over four million hits every year, and our staff and projects are the
recipients of 33 awards and the subjects of
400+ television and print features, thanks
to our innovative approach to race and diversity issues.
Of course, critical work remains undone and major challenges remain.
Personal agendas and pettiness threaten to undermine our community’s
efficient and effective use of resources, while opportunists look to
exploit our experiences. I encourage mixed heritage and transacially
adopted individuals to work with each other - in partnership with other
ethnic and affinity communities - to promote a future dedicated to dismantling
MAVIN will no doubt play a defining role in realizing this future. Over
the next several months, I will work at the behest of our Executive
Transition Committee (ETC) to launch a nationwide search for MAVIN’s
next president. MAVIN is poised to successfully navigate this process,
thanks to the leadership of our Board
of Directors, most notably our Chair, Eric Fredricks, and our ETC
Chair, Kelly Bates, Esq., and Vice Chair, Joe Sakay, Esq. They will
be ably assisted by our remarkable staff,
who are recognized as mixed heritage leaders in their own right. MAVIN
has never been stronger, has a wide base of support, and this process
will set the course for even greater success in the future.
I started MAVIN because I felt a need for reconciliation and connectedness.
Thankfully, countless others have also benefitted from our projects
and resources. I can say without reservation that MAVIN has become more
than I imagined was possible, and I am grateful for the relationships
and experiences that we created together. Thank you for this remarkable
Very truly yours,
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