Today, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust released two wonderful reflections that we are so honored to highlight. Both are a celebration of Steve Moore’s leadership over the last 16 years. Since our inception, the Trust has been standing alongside Foraker. Yes, as a funder of our efforts, but more than that as a true believer in the power and possibility of the nonprofit sector – as a thoughtful and deeply introspective listener to Alaska’s unique challenges and opportunities – as a thought leader with us and so many others about genuine ways to move missions forward. We have had the pleasure of working with a broad group of people at the Trust and every time, regardless of the topic, we are aligned with their mission and values. All of this amounts to phenomenal leadership.
This past year, I had the pleasure of experiencing Steve’s humble and clear leadership in action. I was on site working with a group of Murdock grantees on their succession plans. After a robust conversation about all the ideal qualities of a “graceful exit,” Steve stopped by for a brief visit. Knowing that he had recently announced his plans to leave, the group was eager to see a real-life example of the journey. Over the next 20 minutes, completely impromptu and without knowing the contents of our earlier conversation, Steve proceeded to check every box of the qualities of a graceful exit. What a celebration we had at that moment not just for him, but for the Trust and for all of us as grantees and partners. At that moment, I also knew that our thoughtful partner in Steve and in the Trust would stay that way beyond his tenure.
We remain grateful to Steve as we greet new CEO Romanita Hairston and welcome her to Alaska.
With deep gratitude and appreciation,