Brian Rusche announced his decision to leave the position of Executive Director of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition in the Spring of 2016. His letter to us is below. While we are sad to see him go, we will use this transition time to move forward and search for a new leader for the JRLC. Under Brian's leadership, we have built a wonderfully diverse, powerful, and well-respected voice at the Minnesota Capitol. Our new leader will have a great foundation on which to advance our interfaith social justice agenda.
God willing, before the end of June, I will be naming a Transition Team made up of two representatives from each of JRLC’s Sponsors. You will receive regular progress reports from this Team and, after some time for a formal organizational assessment process, a Job Announcement for our Executive Director position will be made public in early Fall, and then we will be ready to receive applications.
We will have an opportunity to thank Brian and welcome a new leader over the course of the next 9 months or so. Everyone of us has a role to play in this transition. It is a time to be grateful, hopeful, and supportive. I encourage you to include JRLC in your prayers and to help us remind the people of Minnesota of the indispensable work of the unique coalition that is JRLC.
Fatma Reda, M.D.
Chair, JRLC Board
This Fall I will have served as Executive Director of JRLC for 27 years! It is time for me to move on — I will be leaving in the Spring of 2016. I’m incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to give staff leadership to JRLC, and to have worked with you and justice-minded people in faith communities across the State.
Each and every year, JRLC has made an impact on Minnesota laws and policies in areas ranging from income assistance to hate crimes, from tax policy to affordable housing, from affordable health care to ending human trafficking, from a higher minimum wage to lower child care costs, from gun safety to restorative justice — the list goes on and on. Though social justice is an elusive goal, we have moved Minnesota ever-closer, and we’ve done it working side-by-side. It has been a joyful journey dating all the way back to 1988.
It is hard to leave an organization and mission that I love, but it is time for me to seek new challenges and it is time for JRLC to bring in a new leader with fresh ideas.
As I prepare to leave, I want you to know that I am incredibly proud of the leadership shown by our Board Members, District Leaders, our staff, our Legislative Network, and iCAN sponsors, all of whom give vision and energy to the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition. JRLC is a beacon of hope. JRLC is one of the reasons Minnesota remains above average! I am 100% confident in our Coalition’s ability to gain strength during this transition and in the years ahead — and I look forward to working with all of you to make this transition a success.
Dr. Fatma Reda will soon announce an eight-member Transition Team to guide an organizational assessment and search process, and you will receive regular progress reports from this Team.
On a personal note, I'm not sure what's next for me. Right now my focus is on preparing for the 2016 legislative session, and for a healthy transition for JRLC. Then my plan is to take a little time off to enjoy a blank slate and see what God calls me to do next — it’s a scary and exciting prospect.
Thank you for your support and friendship. Thank you for raising up your voice on behalf of justice. Onward!
With immense gratitude,