Read the intro from Interim Executive Director, Kelly Lynch here:
2022 was a particularly momentous year for Found in Translation. We expanded to two cycles per year, welcomed our 10th and 11th classes of interpreters, and saw our passionate and talented alumnae community grow to over 300 members. The small but mighty team of three that I joined in 2015 reached 15 this year, spread out in seven different states across the country. We made much needed investments in our data infrastructure by launching a Salesforce implementation, and worked to fine tune a hybrid model for our programming.
Most notably, 2022 also marked the end of an era, as Maria Vertkin stepped down from her role as Executive Director at Found in Translation after 11 years of dedicated service. Maria was an incredible leader, mentor and friend to so many of us over the years. After building this organization from the ground up, she has left us in a strong position to manage this transition.
The search for our next ED is currently underway, led by a collaborative committee of staff, alumnae, and board members. In the meantime, I have temporarily transitioned from my role as Deputy Director to Interim Executive Director to support the organization during this search period. I am grateful to Maria, as well as our staff, board and alums, who have been so thoughtful, flexible and collaborative throughout this transition process. We are optimistic about this next chapter in Found in Translation’s story, and are looking forward to welcoming a new ED to the team in Spring 2023.
It has been a privilege to witness the growth that Found in Translation and our Language Access Fellows have achieved over the years, and to know this success could not have been achieved without our community of supporters. I hope you’ll enjoy reading on to learn more about what we’ve been up to!
Kelly Lynch, Interim Executive Director