Some Days You Feel Nostalgic and Sad

It was a honor to serve on the Board of the The NEA Foundation. I’m sad and disappointed to term out. We had our final meeting this week via Zoom and honestly I didn’t want to hang up as the board bantered at the end of the call— it was quite emotional for me after serving 7 years on the Board. It became real for me today when the departing board member “good-bye vase” that I have seen so many other board members receive over the years showed up on my doorstep via FedEx.

However, I am heartened. There is an evolving conversation on the Board about how the NEA Foundation will move forward with a vision for community-based education policy and initiatives that are the anti-thesis of what Walton, Gates, Broad and Arnold Foundations are always funding. The new strategies are incredibly promising and I wish I could say more about what the NEA Foundation board is planning.

The only thing that doesn’t change is change.

Alas, I will also be joining two new boards in the coming weeks. In those new roles I will continue to seek to impact the lives of children from historically marginalized communities.

Please take a walk down memory lane with me from the NEA Foundation Gala 2014-2020.

2 comments

  • Julian!! Memories are for what is in the past. You never will be a part of the NEA Foundation’s past. You not only remain in our hearts, but also in our shared pursuit of greater education justice and equity across this nation. No memory lane walks for you!!! I’d rather say, buckle up after just a moment of rest, because we’re headed forward, TOGETHER!! Sara Sneed

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  • Julian!! Memories are for what is in the past. You never will be a part of the NEA Foundation’s past. You not only remain in our hearts, but also in our shared pursuit of greater education justice and equity across this nation. No memory lane walks for you! I’d rather say, buckle up after just a moment of rest, because we’re headed forward, TOGETHER!! Sara Sneed

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