Earlier this week, Mark Elliott shared with you that he will be stepping down from his role as FADP’s Executive Director after 15 years of dedicated and outstanding service to the cause of ending the death penalty.
While we will miss Mark’s leadership, we know the foundation he laid for FADP will carry us forward to that day in the not-too-distant future when the death penalty becomes a relic of the past.
Today we take the first step to build on that foundation, with the announcement of our search for a new executive director. I am pleased to share this job description with you, and I encourage you to share it with your networks.
As we conduct the search for a new Executive Director, Mark and the FADP Board of Directors are preparing for a successful transition. With Mark’s continued leadership until that position is filled, we are also continuing our important organizing and advocacy work that is so critical for our shared mission of ending the death penalty in Florida. Indeed, you will be getting an important update on the SMI bill later this week so please be ready to take action!
I also want to take this opportunity on behalf of the Board of Directors to acknowledge and thank Mark, who has brought us to this moment of opportunity to pass legislation that would exempt a group that is at heightened risk of execution: people with serious mental illness.
Under Mark’s tenure as Executive Director, FADP has grown to more than 4,000 supporters and more than 50 state and national partners. He is highly respected in the national anti-death penalty movement and has become the go-to voice for media covering the death penalty in Florida. We know you join FADP’s Board in thanking Mark for everything he has done for justice and human rights.
Sheila Meehan, FADP Board Chair