June 27, 2014

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Alexie Torres-Fleming has accepted the position of Executive Director of Access Strategies Fund!

Alexie is an activist, community organizer, advocate and urban planner from the South Bronx, New York with over 20 years of experience in social justice leadership in low income communities of color.  She also brings 10 years’ experience in the philanthropic sector as a foundation executive director, board member, and senior fellow.  Her life’s work has been dedicated to the many issues that Access supports; economic and democratic change, young people, women and communities of color, community voice, leadership and action.  Alexie has been in Massachusetts for the past year exploring community planning and design at Harvard University, as a Loeb Fellow.

With our desire to continue building upon our successes and a commitment to women, communities of color and structurally excluded populations, the Access Strategies Fund Board of Directors sought to find a new leader who would promote our mission and entrepreneurial approach, to define and articulate a powerful vision for the future and to understand Access’ unique strengths and challenges.  With her combination of skills, experience and passion, Alexie’s leadership will help move Access into its next season of development, not only as an experienced professional and activist but also as someone intimately familiar with the day to day life of community based social change organizations and those whom they serve.  Our exciting work on the Solidarity Economy is in its planning stages and we’ll keep you informed over the summer as we formulate the guidelines for our movement building grant making and our participatory thought leadership.

I know Alexie is looking forward to working with you.  We thank you for your on-going support of Access, especially during this time of transition.  I can assure you that the Board of Directors, together with the staff, is committed to continuing Access Strategies Fund’s splendid record of success.

Sincerely,

Maria Jobin-Leeds
Founder and Chair
Board of Directors