FLYs’ former CEO of 20 years reflects the past year as FLY’s Founder in Residence and an ally in our pursuit of justice. It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since I stepped down as FLY’s CEO and became our Founder in Residence! Yet I’m not surprised at how smooth this transition was because we laid the foundation with so much intention and have such a dedicated team at FLY. I’m so impressed by all that our staff, volunteers, supporters, and most importantly our youth accomplished under Ali Knight’s leadership during such unbelievable times: We served more than
FLY’s Board explains that how we treat youth in FLY is what we want for youth throughout society: love and compassion, belonging, equity, fairness, and opportunity.
On July 1, 2020, Ali Knight was appointed the new President and CEO of FLY after our Founder and CEO of 20 years, Christa Gannon, moved into a formal Founder role. He explains the focus of this new era at FLY: using our energy and resources, and lifting up the voices of our youth, to disrupt the pipeline to prison and help further bend the arc of the universe toward justice.
This post contains the text of Christa Gannon’s last speech as FLY’s CEO, as she passed the title to Ali Knight and stepped into her formal role as Founder. Words cannot express our love for Christa and gratitude for all she has done for youth, for FLY, and for justice.
On Tuesday, June 30, Christa Gannon will step down as FLY’s CEO after 20 years, and pass the helm to FLY’s COO, Ali Knight. She wrote a letter to our FLY community about how she views this historic transition at FLY.