Two Years and Counting

In mid-2019, the former executive director of NFPN, Priscilla Martens, announced her retirement and I was honored to be offered this position.  Priscilla had been in this role for 20 years and she had led NFPN through tremendous growth during that time.  I told myself that if I could do half the things she did, then I would be a success. 

I was very excited (and a little overwhelmed) to start this work.  After about eight months, it seemed that I had just gotten over most of the learning curve when the Covid-19 pandemic hit.  Like everyone else, I worried about the impact this would have and wondered what we could possibly do to mitigate it. 

Shortly before the quarantine started, I had met with our board of directors to develop a strategic plan for 2020 and beyond.  It soon became clear that we needed to revise that plan, so we put some things on hold and began to pivot in other areas. 

Our biggest and most productive transition occurred with training.  Previously we had mostly conducted in-person training, but we began offering live, online training through video-conferencing services.  This has kept us very busy for the last 18 months, and it will be a permanent part of our training options from now on (for more information, follow this link:

And I’m happy to say that we have resumed most of the projects that were put on hold.  We’ve also had the opportunity to do some things that we didn’t expect. 

As I reflect on all the challenges and uncertainty of my first two years with NFPN, I want to express my deep appreciation for the support I’ve received from our board of directors and numerous partners and agencies across the country and around the world.  Thank you very much … and here’s to the future!

Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director

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