Merry Walker Reflects Back on Her Time as Executive Director

Dear Friends of Hatch:

As some of you may know by now, as of November 3, 2014, I will be stepping down from the Executive Director position at Hatch International, but will continue to be involved in the organization in an advisory role. I have begun a job with the US Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer and will be posted in China beginning November 10. While working for the State Department gives me the opportunity to continue serving our community and country, being posted so far away doesn’t go hand in hand with what’s needed of an Executive Director for a growing organization.

Hatch's Board of Directors went through a recruitment and interview process, and has elected Shivangi Khargonekar to be my replacement. Shivangi has been a dedicated Board Member with Hatch since the beginning, and has managed our projects for the past several years in her role as Internal Director. She is hardworking, extremely capable, and has already started preparing some strategic moves for the organization’s future. I look forward to following Hatch’s progress under her leadership.

There are jobs, there are careers, and then there are experiences. Being part of the growth of Hatch over the last five years has been one of the most enriching and educational experiences of my life. It has been a pleasure and an absolute honor.

We were founded with the mission to empower individuals and create a community of support in order to leave the world a little better than it was before. We believe that a few passionate people working together toward the same common goal is a powerful thing and can change lives and shape our future.

To the members and partners of Hatch I'd like to say this: Remember that what you do is important and that you are making a difference. Some days go by and they may seem mundane or slow, but we’re all working together as a team to accomplish this common long-term goal. I’m so proud of what we have all accomplished together, and look forward to what Hatch will continue to do for our world. Thank you for all of your service to the global community.

And to our supporters and donors, words cannot express my gratitude for all that you've done. We couldn't have made it this far without you, and and I truly hope that you will continue to support Hatch's mission.

Best,

Merry