Thank you for celebrating our big year - Atlas Corps 15th Anniversary! We especially want to THANK YOU for your support on July 14 Bonus Day! Your generosity helped us to raise $25,000 in one day. Amazing! These gifts directly support our Atlas Corps Leaders - inspired social change leaders from around the world who in engage in our in-person and virtual programs.
In fact, this year is full of milestones. Here are a few noteworthy updates:
1,100 Atlas Corps Leaders from 110 countries - our global community continues to grow!
Gargi (India, Class 1, Host: Ashoka | Current: UNICEF) - Gargi was named our 2021 Alumni Changemaker for her continued achievements and leadership in the social sector.
Bidjan Nashat named as incoming CEO - Our incoming CEO officially starts on September 20. We look forward to this infusion of new leadership and appreciative for all who helped in the selection as well as through our organizational transition. Scroll down to read the official announcement from our Board of Directors.
We also invite you to visit our blog to hear more from our Atlas Corps Leaders!
Acting CEO, Class 2 Alumna
P.S. Remember to save the date for Saturday, November 20 for the Atlas Corps 15th Anniversary Gala. We look forward to a hybrid event in DC and virtual!
A MESSAGE FROM THE ATLAS CORPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dear Atlas Corps Community,
On behalf of the Atlas Corps Board of Directors, I thank you for your ongoing support of Atlas Corps during this pivotal moment in the organization’s history. Today, it is with great enthusiasm that I announce the incoming Atlas Corps CEO: Bidjan Nashat. Bidjan will officially join Atlas Corps on September 20.
Bidjan, most recently coming from Save the Children—an Atlas Corps Host Organization—brings extensive experience in the international development field that includes leading large, global non-governmental organizations as well as experience engaging in local community-based entities. In addition to his operational experience, we were impressed by Bidjan’s purpose-driven approach in articulating his vision for himself, the organization (including the staff, Fellows, Scholars, and Alumni), and global leadership in the 21st Century. We are confident that he will take Atlas Corps into the next 15 years with the passion that Scott Beale led us through during our first 15 years.
The Atlas Corps Board of Directors appointed a selection committee, with support from the search firm DRi, who engaged in a vigorous search process. The ultimate result was the Board’s approval of Bidjan as CEO. We thank all who engaged in this process and offered insight into our strategic development. We express special appreciation to this selection committee for the energy they dedicated to this process.
On behalf of the Board, I also extend our utmost appreciation to Abby Robinson (Chief Development & Engagement Officer, Class 2 Alumna) who seamlessly stepped into the role of Acting CEO. Her enthusiastic efforts, together with the entire Atlas Corps Team, have maintained an incredibly strong program and organization throughout this transition. During 2021, our dynamic Team navigated ongoing changes and still achieved the engagement of 60 Fellows and 376 virtual Scholars while also supporting the growth of our entire global Community. Team, you are an inspiration!
We also want to thank YOU, the Atlas Corps Community. Everything we have achieved at Atlas Corps, from winning online fundraising contests 15 years ago to overcoming the financial hardships of the pandemic to launching a Virtual Leadership Institute to engaging 1,100 professionals from 110 countries, has been accomplished by the collective efforts of this Community.
People are at the heart of our mission. This fact remains true today and will remain our guiding light into the future.
Chair, Atlas Corps Board of Directors