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Which of these describes you?

Some personal news and the search for IndyHub’s new leader.

Posted by: Blake Johnson
Posted: April 11, 2022
Categories: IndyHub

Over the last three and a half years, I’ve had the extraordinary privilege of working everyday to get people connected, involved and making a difference in our city. I’ve had a front row seat as our newest residents – having moved here for jobs or family or new opportunities – began to write their story here. I’ve worked alongside countless people as they’ve channeled their passions into volunteerism, adding page after page to the ways they’re deepening their impact in our community. And our organization has provided the tools for countless leaders to shape our city, etching entirely new stories about who we are and who we will become. It has been an immense and once-in-a-lifetime honor.

But for me, and for IndyHub, it’s time for a new chapter. Last week, I informed my board of directors that I will step down as president of IndyHub and the IndyHub Foundation, effective July 31, 2022.

During my time, this team has accomplished a lot, and I’m incredibly proud. We’ve grown our network by 11,000 people – new subscribers who look to us for ways to get connected and meet other Indy residents, first-time event attendees who see as a resource to grow their involvement, and hundreds of new arrivals for whom we’ve served as an on-ramp to this incredible community and her people.

I’m particularly proud that in the midst of a multi-year, global pandemic, we’ve also significantly grown the number of IndyHub organizational partners, increased annual revenue, dramatically expanded our digital reach and programming, and so much more. The end result is that we find ourselves in an incredibly strong position as we look to the future. I am confident in IndyHub’s potential to continue its evolution in the coming years and for the next leader to take this organization to even greater heights.

Our search for that leader begins today, and those interested in applying can do so here. The application will be open until May 9th, and all questions should be directed to jobs@indyhub.org.

This is obviously a bittersweet moment for me, and I want to thank all of you for being a part of this work. I’m especially grateful to the board chairs I’ve worked with during my time at the organization – Desma Belsaas, Justin Sufan, Sarah Myer and Trevor Belden – and to the extraordinary team who, everyday, lives out the mantra that People Make the City.

I hope to see many of you at one of the upcoming IndyHub events, and I look forward to sharing additional information as I begin this new chapter in my career. These next steps will afford me the opportunity to make an even greater impact in this community, sharpen my focus on some exciting new projects, and continue my service as an elected official. 

Thank you again, and I’ll see you around the city.

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