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VSD CEO Carter-Kahl Announces Departure

March 2, 2011

Volunteer San Diego (VSD) is entering a time of transition with the impending departure of CEO Sue Carter-Kahl.

The VSD board of directors applauds Sue Carter-Kahl’s accomplishments during the five years she has led the organization. Under her leadership, VSD grew from local resource to nationally-recognized leader in volunteerism.

Carter-Kahl stewarded the organization through a national resurgence of service that included increased local engagement of corporate volunteers and successful coordination of volunteers during and after the 2007 San Diego wildfires. This resulted in VSD’s participation doubling to 62,000 volunteer positions filled annually. The number of San Diegans served by those volunteers tripled to 350,000. Carter-Kahl and her team greatly upgraded key tools San Diegans engage to volunteer, including a web-based system for matching volunteers to local opportunities. In 2009, VSD was recognized with the HandsOn Network’s Romney Award of Excellence, the highest national honor for a volunteer center.

“I have been privileged to work closely with exceptional staff, board members, volunteers, and community partners,” said Carter-Kahl. “I feel it is the ideal time for me to transition the CEO role to VSD’s next leader.”

Carter-Kahl will remain engaged with VSD to assist in a smooth transition of leadership. She and VSD’s board of directors are developing the organization’s 2011 – 2013 strategic plan, which creates a strong foundation for VSD’s continuity during the leadership change.

“Sue and her team grew VSD from ‘the little agency that could’ to a respected community partner,” said Brent Shintani, VSD’s board president. “Though we are sad to see Sue depart, she leaves VSD well positioned for the future.”

The VSD board has formed a leadership transition team in tandem with Carter-Kahl, which will guide the organization until new long-term leadership is in place. This team will be contacting VSD’s supporters and partners to inform them of the leadership change and the steps taken to ensure organizational continuity.

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