Letter from Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, Executive Director

News released on: 
Dec 1st, 2016

Jodi at the 2015 Year End CelebrationDear Bikes Not Bombs community,

It is with mixed emotions that I write today to announce that I will be leaving Bikes Not Bombs effective December 31st.  It has truly been a privilege to lead such an amazing and effective organization and I am incredibly proud of the work we have done since since I took on this role. We have expanded our International Programs to new parts of the world and are leading the way in efforts to use the bike as a tool for women's empowerment.  Our youth organizing work has made us leaders in the youth movement in Boston. Through Earn-A-Bike, Bike-In and our ever growing youth employment and membership programs we continue to provide much needed services to Boston area youth.  And I am very proud of the work our Bike Shop has done to expand its impact through the Apprenticeship, Advanced Mechanics and Adult Earn-A-Bike programs. The contributions and commitment of Bikes Not Bombs staff have been nothing short of stellar, and will continue long after I leave.

One of the most inspiring aspects of my job has been the commitment and passion of our supporters and volunteers.  Bikes Not Bombs could not do the work we do without you. As I get ready to move on, I leave knowing not only that we are in strong financial standing, but that our capacity to achieve our mission is stronger than ever thanks to those willing to dedicate so much of their time and energy to our programs.

I believe our work is more important now than it ever has been.  Please hold tight to our vision of peace and justice in the upcoming years - be courageous and bold in the face of injustice.  And thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support and dedication during my time as Executive Director. My tenure at the organization has been very rewarding, and I extend my sincere and unreserved gratitude to everyone in this amazing community for being part the journey.

While I am not yet sure of my next steps, I know it will at least involve shorter hours and more time with my family and friends in the short-term while I figure it out.

Yours in solidarity always,