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Natalie Scherlong

Bi-weekly Recap: March 8, 2021

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Hey now, WESTAF colleagues: A jam-packed last few weeks, as usual. First up in this recap, a lightning update on what’s been going on in the U.S. Senate. Then, we have super news about a new addition to the team as well as some smart moves in the business division, with more open positions and interviews keeping us busy (thank you, Becca Dominguez!) and progressing steadily. After that, there’s a detailed recap of last week’s online ALAS session. Massive thanks to team ALAS David Holland, Leah Horn, Samantha Ortega and Natalie Scherlong and special shoutouts also to the policy cohort…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: February 22, 2021

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Greetings WESTAF Nation: Hey there! Lots going on, including some people transition. This can be hard on a community, and has additionally taxed emotions and capacity, no doubt about it! Looking ahead, there is lots of exciting potential and possibility, but in the short term, well, it’s been rough. Much gratitude and respect to my WESTAF colleagues for stepping up to the challenge, and thank you to trustee leadership for the support and wise counsel. Here’s what’s been going on at WESTAF for the last few weeks: JANUARY FINANCIALS (AH)  The January cash summary is available to view. A line…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: February 8, 2021

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Hello again WESTAF community: Thank you everyone for such an action-packed week — really productive and inspiring all-team, committee and trustee meetings. Thanks for the blocks of intense time, focus and feedback. It was a lot! There was so much information to cover in the agenda that in fine-tuning how we spend our time together in the future, we want to make sure that individual topics have more room for thoughtful discourse and the sharing of ideas. Special thanks to our team and trustee committee presenters for the preparation and delivery. This coming week, we’ll be saying farewell to Seyan…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: January 25, 2021

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Greetings WESTAF trustees and colleagues: Like me, maybe you’re feeling relieved — even optimistic and inspired — after an Inauguration Day that went by pretty smoothly last week given the circumstances we face as a nation. While I definitely gave myself the space to soak up what this transition and new chapter means for our fragile democracy (there may have been a January 20th, 12:01 PM mimosa involved) as you can see from this biweekly recap the work of WESTAF has not skipped a beat and indeed, seems to be ramping up across the organization. There’s much to be thankful…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: January 11, 2021

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Greetings WESTAF trustees and colleagues: Welcome to the first biweekly recap of 2021. I know I don’t need to tell you this, but it has already been a year that will be seared forever into our memories, and we’re not even halfway through January. At WESTAF, we’ve been forging ahead with our work, even as our government was under attack by domestic terrorists and rioters. For me, frankly, it has been hard not to just consume cable news and doom scroll on my device, even though that makes me feel worse, and there are other important things to do. But,…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: December 14, 2020

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Greetings WESTAF trustees: Happy to be checking in with you once again! This will be my last biweekly of 2020 (I’m going to skip over the one that would have come up right before the new year and give you a break!). The next biweekly should land in your inboxes around January 11. This week, we were also able to confirm our February meeting dates (February 3-4), which had been left as TBD before the pandemic while we determined whether we should do another DC advocacy trip or meet someplace in the west. Well, the pandemic proceeds apace (albeit with…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: November 30, 2020

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Greetings, WESTAF Trustees: Really hope everyone had a safe and relaxing long holiday weekend! Here’s a bit of an abbreviated biweekly—let’s get right to it: EXPANDED ROLE FOR DAVID HOLLAND, DIRECTOR OF IMPACT AND PUBLIC POLICY (CG) You already heard this big news last week, but in case you missed it, here’s the announcement again! Our colleague David Holland will be assuming a more expansive role at WESTAF, under the newly revised title of director of impact and public policy. In addition to his current portfolio leading WESTAF’s Alliances, Advocacy and Public Policy (AAP) department and serving as an advisor…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: November 16, 2020

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Hello WESTAF trustees: Still happily recalling our October trustees virtual meetings and gatherings. They were productive and a lot of fun. We continue to navigate a bizarre world, even as we experience moments of beauty and hope. Virtual works great, but I am rooting for a time, hopefully soon, when we can be together again, in person, in a special western place. For now though, here’s what’s up at WESTAF: WELCOME TO NEW BOARD MEMBER TATIANA GANT (CG) Her nomination being ratified at the October board meeting, we’re thrilled to welcome new trustee Tatiana Gant, executive director of the Montana…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: November 2, 2020

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Dear WESTAF board of trustees: Thank you all so, so much for the generous allotment of your valuable time and for the thoughts and feedback at the various meetings and gatherings of the WESTAF annual board of trustees meeting last week. We will be following up with a few requested items this week from our discussions. Mostly though, I wanted to hold the space this week to send positive signals for the most important election of our lifetime. It was really wonderful to be with you as a community for the lead up to this week. For now, I’ll leave…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: October 19, 2020

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Greetings Trustees: We’re gearing up for the trustee meetings next Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday October 29 and we can’t wait to see you there…on Zoom! We’ve got a packed agenda and we’re very excited about what we have in store. Before we dig in, Deborah Jordy, the executive director of Denver’s SCFD,  wanted arts leaders in Colorado to share this Opinion Piece in The Washington Post with their boards and networks about the role conservatives could play in helping the performing arts to survive this pandemic. It’s not a perfect op-ed — a bit too urban-centric/coastal elite for everyone…

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