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Farewell from Jennifer Epps-Addison

Dear WJN members, friends, and supporters:

It is with appreciation and gratitude that I announce my resignation as the Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now. I humbly and sincerely thank you for allowing me to be at the helm of this incredible organization for the past two years.

Last fall, my husband was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After a thorough examination of our options, our family has made the difficult decision to move across the country so that he can receive the treatment he needs. As lifelong Wisconsinites, it is heart-wrenching to leave, but we know we are making the best choice for our family.

From now until the end of the year, I will be working part-time to ensure a smooth transition for our staff and our members. Our current Operations Director, Gina, will serve as Interim Director until the hiring committee secures a new Executive Director. Gina has more than two decades of non-profit management experience and was selected with a unanimous vote by the WJN Board of Directors. The board and I are very confident in her capabilities and know that she will serve our members well.

While I’ve been honored to lead Wisconsin Jobs Now, the daily work of our organization is done by an incredible group of volunteer block captains, worker leaders, and staff. I’m so proud of their victories, including (but not limited to):

  • Winning an historic living wage ordinance for Milwaukee County, including successfully defeating state legislature preemption and a veto from County Executive Chris Abele

  • Organizing and supporting hundreds of fast food, retail and home care workers who are fighting for $15 and union rights and changing the national conversation around minimum wage

  • Passing 13 out of 13 minimum wage referendums across the state

  • Being named 2014’s Organization of the Year by Milwaukee County Democratic Party

  • Contributing to the state’s highest voter turnout for a mid-term election in over 60 years by knocking on more than 260,000 doors in 2014

  • Merging with United Wisconsin and combining two of the top statewide organizations dedicated to justice into one united force

As one of my last acts as Executive Director, I ask you to help ensure our amazing volunteer leaders have what they need to make 2016 the year Wisconsin returns to its progressive values: become a sustaining member. I can’t overstate how important it is for WJN to be funded by real people who share our values and our vision. Please, join me as a sustaining member to turn the vision of the Freedom Compact into priorities for candidates who want our votes in 2016.

 It has been an honor working, building, and growing with you. Although my family is starting a new chapter in our lives, I know that the call for justice in Wisconsin has never been louder. I can’t wait to see where we go from here.

With love and appreciation,

Jennifer Epps-Addison
Outgoing Executive Director – Wisconsin Jobs Now

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