Earlier this year, we announced that Gunnar Liden would be transitioning out of his role as Executive Director of Youth Farm after 22 years. This month Amanda Stoelb will step in as Interim Executive Director. Amanda will support Youth Farm this winter as we build and implement a shared leadership structure.

To learn more, check out this letter from Youth Farm Board Chair, Kenneth Edwards:

Dear Youth Farm Community,

Earlier this year, I shared that Gunnar Liden would be transitioning out of his role as Executive Director after 22 years. I continue to be grateful for all of Gunnar’s remarkable contributions to Youth Farm throughout his tenure. Gunnar will remain on staff until December 31st supporting the transition.

I’m happy to share that effective November 1st, Amanda Stoelb has stepped into a new role as Interim Executive Director! Amanda has been with Youth Farm for almost 20 years and has provided outstanding leadership at both the program and organizational level. In addition to being a values-driven leader, Amanda has extensive experience in youth program development, organization strategic planning, and operations. Myself & the rest of the Youth Farm board are confident that Amanda will effectively steward Youth Farm through this upcoming phase of organizational transformation and growth.

This winter Youth Farm staff and board members will work closely with a consultant to transition to a shared leadership model that allows us to live into our values of racial equity, youth voice, and community autonomy at all levels of our organization. Ultimately this work is about increasing our impact on young leaders in our primary neighborhoods and positioning Youth Farm for its next phase of growth. Having Amanda in this interim role will allow us to minimize any interruption to our work while we prepare for the future.

Keep your eyes open for more updates this winter – and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out!

Kenny (Youth Farm Board Chair)