Hello GAIN members! I'm in my second week as the new Executive Director of Democratic GAIN and I'm thrilled to be back. I met many of you in 2005 when I was GAIN's Training Director, as well as over the last few years through my work with various progressive organizations. I'm looking forward to meeting more GAINers over the coming months and years!
It's an exciting time to work in progressive politics. We kicked some ass last year, which meant many of us had the luxury (some for the first time!) of feeling what victory was like. This meant more jobs in more places, as the Administration staffed up and many progressive organizations upped their advocacy efforts. Of course, the economy didn't help and GAIN is here to help you through your transition, whether finding your next career move or finding much-needed health insurance in off-cycles.
I want to hear from you. What can GAIN do to help you move up the career ladder? What events have been successful in the past? What should we do to keep more talented operatives in the progressive movement? Are there particular skills you need to acquire to move to your next job? Particular areas of the country we should focus on to gear up for 2010 and 2012? Member benefits we're not currently offering that would be helpful? Send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!
Finally, I want to thank Nikki for all of her hard work for Democratic GAIN over the last 18 months. From resume workshops and bootcamps to overhauling the website and membership levels, Nikki had a huge impact on GAIN and the future of our movement.
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