Austin Sunshine Camps Hires New CEO

04 Jan 2018 5:59 PM | Michael Harman (Administrator)





We are so pleased to announce that we have hired a new Chief Executive Officer of Austin Sunshine Camps (ASC). Erica Gordon will be just the fifth full-time leader of our organization in its 90-year history and we are thrilled to share this news with the ASC community as she reports to her post at Zilker Lodge on Monday, January 8, 2018.


Erica’s passion for ASC’s mission stems back to her upbringing on the Southwest side Houston. In the sixth grade, a friend invited her to attend an overnight summer camp. Her experience there would change her life forever and spark a sense of curiosity that still drives her today.



“I am thrilled to have been chosen as the CEO for Austin Sunshine Camps. Throughout the entire interview process I have felt connected to the organization in an exciting and unwavering way. This role will allow me to combine my personal passions and professional experiences to ultimately serve our community for years to come.” 


- Erica Gordon



Erica began her career in the private sector, where after six years as a software consultant, she couldn't shake the desire to find a more mission-driven career path. She moved to Austin in 2006 and joined AmeriCorps. Following her first year of service, Erica became the program director for College Forward, a nonprofit that helps low-income, first generation students get to, and through college.


Erica has spent the past four and a half years at Marathon Kids, first as chief programs officer and most recently as chief operations officer and interim chief executive officer. Erica was instrumental in building and managing the team, programs, and national partnerships that have enabled the organization to grow from three to all fifty states.


Erica holds a B.A. in Communications Studies from Sam Houston State University and a M.S. in Communications Studies in Human Relations from Texas Christian University. She is currently a board member and the strategic planning committee chair of ATX Kids Club and is a member of the Michael and Susan Dell Community Collaborative for Child Health. When she's not working or volunteering, you can usually find her with her fiancé and their two daughters exploring the great outdoors.


For many months we searched diligently for the most qualified and dynamic person to step into this new leadership role. The YMBL Executive Committee reviewed more than 150 applications for the position, and heavily weighed 30 of the top candidates. The best applicants represented diversity in gender, ethnicity and professional experience. We spoke to candidates who had been heavily involved in non-profit and child development, and others who were new to the field to ensure we left no stone unturned. Our board of directors and staff met with three of the top candidates and provided feedback to the executive committee. The search was thorough, fair, and wide in scope.


The feedback about Erica was universally positive. She conveyed exceptional qualities of leadership and intellect. She also carried a deep understanding of a growing organization, the challenges it faces, and how to build a framework for a successful future. Erica is passionate about our mission, a natural fit with our staff and organizational culture, and she brings with her a strong network of relationships throughout the Austin community.


The executive committee feels confident that we have found the ideal person for this important job. This is an exciting moment for the Austin Sunshine Camps, as it represents an opportunity for our beloved organization to take the next step and fully transition from a volunteer-operated to a professionally operated organization. This exciting shift will allow the Austin Sunshine Camps to fully develop into the larger, more stable, and well-known community gem that we supporters all believe that it is. With Erica at the helm, we have much to look forward to.


Lastly, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary contribution of our chief operations officer, Jenny Stucky, who has served our organization incredibly well as executive director over the past five years. We are so grateful that she will now focus her efforts and passions solely on further developing our summer camp and afterschool programming, ensuring that we are providing the absolute best possible experience for the kids that walk through the doors of our camps. The exceptional growth and strength of the Austin Sunshine Camps is credit to Jenny’s leadership and dedication. We shall remain ever-grateful.



Gordon Moore

President

Young Men’s Business League & Austin Sunshine Camps





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