Michael Green Named CABA Executive Director
Two and a half years ago, I met Susan Labandibar for the first time, and she told me about the fledgling organization she had started to help small, local business fight climate change. Intrigued and excited by the prospect of getting a stronger business voice active in the climate movement, I decided to join her effort as the volunteer, unpaid Executive Director.
My first tasks on the job were to grow the membership and to hire a new Program Manager to replace Lindsey Flanigan, a Northeastern Coop student who had been doing a fabulous job, but was nearing the end of her 6 month engagement. She did the search and alerted me to a promising candidate named Michael Green. His resume was impressive, and his commitment to fighting climate change practically leapt from the page. He looked like a perfect fit.
Fast forward two years, and Michael has done a phenomenal job growing and building the organization. In fact, he has done so well that the time has come for me to step aside and make way for him to take over as full time, paid Executive Director. Our thriving organization is already largely operating under his leadership, and this transition will be a smooth and seamless one. I will continue in my role as President, mentoring and supporting Michael as he takes us to the next level in local businesses taking action on climate change.
It has been more than a privilege to serve this great organization, and I look forward to continuing to help build and support it going forward. It’s been a great joy watching Michael and the staff grow their roles and responsibilities, and being able to help them do so. As an entrepreneur, my role is to start and grow new organizations, and that includes developing new leaders to run those organizations and grow them even further. It’s one of my favorite parts of the job in fact. Especially when we are successful, as has been the case with Michael and CABA.
In closing, a special “Thank you!” to our members. In taking a stance and being leaders on climate action, you give us all hope that we can change our economic practices to align with what will be needed to counter the dangerous climate changes we are and will continue to experience going forward. Many parts of our country and the world are coming under increasing pressure from the changes we have wreaked, and to survive and thrive on this planet we will need everyone. Thanks to your leadership we know that local business can and will be on our side.