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Board of Directors Announcement of Executive Director Retiring

A note from, Uzoamaka Okoye, Chair of the Board of Directors

Dear African Services Committee community,

Today the Board of Directors announces the Fall 2020 retirement of Kim Nichols as Co-Executive Director at African Services Committee. Her Co-Executive Director and Founder of African Services Committee, Asfaha Hadera, will also be transitioning from Co-Executive Director to an advisor role for the Ethiopia Program. 

Under Asfaha’s and Kim’s leadership, African Services has grown from a small office in a church at its founding in 1981 to a thriving multi-sector public interest organization anchored in a community space in Harlem. African Services charged to the forefront of the AIDS crisis in the 80s and 90s, and developed a holistic approach to serving immigrants, refugees and asylees through an overall integrated services program that addresses physical and mental health, housing and nutrition and provides immigration legal assistance. In 2003, African Services took its twenty years of experience to the frontlines of the global AIDS pandemic with the opening of health clinics in Ethiopia.  

Throughout this amazing growth, we have had steady and dynamic leadership. This retirement is a celebration of Kim’s life work and Asfaha’s incredible vision.

Over the next several months, we will be conducting a search for an Executive Director who will take African Services into its next phase of growth and service, building on the strong foundations laid by Kim and Asfaha. 

The application period is now open and the listing is available on our website here and announced on LinkedIn here. 

The transition is planned for November 15, 2020 and we are confident that Kim will be entering her retirement assured that the leadership of African Services remains strong and well prepared to continue to fight, serve and advocate for our clients and our community.

Again, we cannot thank Kim and Asfaha enough. If you have any questions during the transition or throughout the Executive Director Search, please reach out to me and the board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sincerely, 

Uzoamaka Okoye,

Chair, Board of Directors

African Services Committee

 

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A note from, Kim Nichols, Co-Executive Director

Dear colleagues, staff, and friends of African Services Committee,
 
The time has come for me to say farewell to the job in which I landed at African Services so long ago. I joined as a volunteer in 1984 and ultimately joined the founder as a Co-Executive Director in 1994. I recognized then that leadership of a fledgling nonprofit would bring an avalanche of responsibilities, large and small. And it has. This is a job that has been challenging as much as it has been rewarding, demanding as much as it's been invigorating – one that relies on teamwork, persistence and innovation to spin the finest threads of good ideas into vital services, programs, and policy advances. 
 
With nostalgia, I look back on the allegiances forged in the community, which have made all of our efforts better, more effective, and even historic. I’ve had the privilege of co-leading an organization that was among the first to defend human rights in one of the fastest-growing immigrant communities in the US, the African diaspora. I’ve been fortunate to represent African Services on local, state, and global boards and advisory bodies.
 
I am optimistic that my role will be handed over to someone who will cherish the work as much as I do, and have confidence that the Board of Directors will secure the right passion and skill set for the organization. Much remains to be done. Like other immigrant diaspora communities, the African community faces particular challenges and has found African Services to be a place of assistance, solace, sustenance, and solutions.
 
Going forward, I intend to work on the intersecting issues of climate disaster and health. I look forward to staying connected with the African Services’ network and taking on ever newer and bigger challenges together.


All the best,

Kim Nichols

Co-Executive Director

African Services Committee

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