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Dear Supporter Ji,

I am writing to share some very bittersweet news: After twelve incredibly rewarding years at the Sikh Coalition, I will be stepping down in January 2022.

When I joined the Sikh Coalition as an intern in September of 2009, I never imagined that it would translate to this journey that has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I especially never envisioned that it would end with me serving as Executive Director.

This work has always been guided by Waheguru and done collectively in service of others. Through this, I have met the most resilient, determined, and thoughtful individuals--colleagues, clients, partners, and sevadaars like yourself. It is because of this collective that I know without a doubt that the critical work on behalf of the sangat will continue undeterred.

As we recognize our 20th anniversary this year and briefly pause to remember the important progress that we have made, we remain acutely aware of the challenges and hard work that lies ahead. The power of this organization, which you have helped build, recognizes that the whole will always be greater than the sum of its parts. We are primed for new leadership as we build together towards the next 20 years of impact.

Tomorrow, we will share a more public announcement and formally launch the official search for our next Executive Director. While change can be feared as tumultuous, I know that this will be a positive and impactful transition. This organization has demonstrated resilience and excellence in transitions before and this will be no different. The entire team, led by the Board and senior staff, is committed to a thoughtful search. And please know that over the next six months, I am as committed as ever to the work--and to ensuring a smooth transition.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. While it will be extremely difficult to leave in January, given how this work and this organization have been a priority for me and my family for years now, I am excited for the next chapter for me and the Sikh Coalition.

Chardi Kala,

Satjeet Kaur
Executive Director
The Sikh Coalition

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