“Nonprofit leadership transitions, especially those that involve a founder stepping down, can be fraught with uncertainty. Throw in a global pandemic, economic crisis, and racial injustice, and the challenge might seem near impossible. Yet for Ali Knight, the new CEO of Fresh Lifelines for Youth, it was the perfect time for him and the organization to take a bold step.”
The Bridgespan Group is a highly respected global nonprofit committed to strengthening other mission-driven organizations and philanthropists through management and consulting. They recently began a series of articles about FLY’s recent CEO transition. In this first part of the series, they spoke with Ali about how he took the reins after founder and 20-year CEO Christa Gannon stepped down in mid-2020, amidst a time of tremendous uncertainty and crisis. You can read the full article here.
In later parts of the series, they will explore more about Ali’s personal history and leadership style and how they have had an impact on FLY at this moment, and on other elements of the transition.