Bobbie Paul to leave Georgia WAND
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, April 23, 3013
Courtney Hanson, Public Outreach Director
404-524-5999 (office), 308-631-8543 (cell)
Dianne Valentin, Board President
Bobbie Paul to leave Georgia WAND
Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (Georgia WAND) announced today that Executive Director, Bobbie Paul, will be leaving her position with Georgia WAND on May 1. Ms. Paul will be working to become the best grandmother EVER and to pursue additional activist and creative pursuits. Paul tells all that she is “leaving the position, but not the mission” of Georgia WAND.
Paul’s background in activism and theatrical direction brought remarkable energy and dedication to Atlanta, and then, Georgia WAND. We owe our success to her innovative and inspirational approach to events and activities. From street protests to the boardrooms of our funders, from the Georgia Legislature to the US Capitol, Paul has been the motivating force behind Georgia WAND’s impact.
“It's been an honor to guide Georgia WAND and serve as its first Executive Director for the past ten years,” Paul says.
“Challenges of the last decade have made us stronger: facing the realities of a determined war machine, economic and environmental disasters, renewed nuclear nightmares, a bitterly divided Congress and a disenchanted and fractured electorate. The need for witnessing, for coming together, for speaking out for peaceful solutions was imperative after 9/11 and I'm happy that Georgia WAND seized the opportunity to do so.
"I'm grateful to WAND's founder Dr Helen Caldicott who first challenged me to understand the moral imperative of nuclear disarmament and for the bold and visionary women who responded to Helen's call by organizing Atlanta WAND in 1984. I am forever indebted to past and present board members, our hard-working staff, and the Atlanta donor community for their unwavering support of first Atlanta WAND and, since 2006, Georgia WAND. Together we've sustained a viable advocacy organization whose work plan consistently calls for expanded civic engagement, public policies that promote healthy communities, environmental justice, and peace. Our expanded outreach across the state and throughout the country shows that careful coalition building and organizational partnerships can and do work.
"I'm thrilled that our Board of Directors has found a talented and energized young woman to provide new direction for the years ahead. I welcome Becky Rafter as the new Executive Director of Georgia Women's Action for New Directions and am eager to assist her during this exciting transition.
"As I leave my position (but never the mission!) I plan to spend a bit more time in reflection with family and friends before delving into a few creative projects inspired by the personal stories I've learned during my time with WAND.
"Until then, I'll be Standing for Peace at 14th & Peachtree every Friday at noon. Come join me -- and we can do lunch!”
Planning for events to honor Ms Paul and her contributions are underway.
Georgia WAND’s mission is to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.
For more information or to schedule interviews with Ms Paul or Ms Valentin, please contact Courtney Hanson, 404-524-5999.