The DOOR National Board is happy to announce that they have named Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey as Executive Director. Andrea had been serving as the Interim Executive Director since August 2017.
She moved into the Interim Executive Director role after five years as the Chicago City Director. Andrea brought to DOOR her experience as an educator, justice advocate, and program development professional. She has created curriculum for youth through undergrad and graduate levels dealing with issues of justice, inequality, racism, and poverty. During her time as the Chicago City Director, Andrea shared her passion for Chicago, best summed up by the 2017 program theme of “Chicago: Beautifully Complicated.” She challenged all participants to look beyond the surface of the city and individuals to find the richer stories. Andrea has been particularly passionate about raising up local youth of color to be leaders in DOOR’s Discern program and in Chicago.
The DOOR National Board approved this change on December 2, 2017 during their annual board meeting. They were excited by the programmatic vision that Andrea presented and her energy for moving DOOR forward.