Executive Director Transition

Andrea Sawyer Kirksey

by DOOR staff

DOOR is experiencing a season of change. Glenn Balzer has resigned as DOOR Executive Director, effective August 31, 2017. DOOR is sad to lose his leadership after 23 years, but we celebrate all that he has given to the organization. DOOR blesses him and wishes him well as he also embraces a season of change.

DOOR is happy to welcome Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey as the Interim Executive Director, effective August 1, 2017. Andrea moves into this role after five years as the Chicago City Director. She 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.

DOOR is excited to see how Andrea’s experience and passions will shape the organization and its programs.