A message from Autumn:
“It is indeed an honor to join the International House team as Executive Director.
I have felt very welcome and have received an outpouring of support from the board of directors and staff. As I start my second week on the job, I look forward to getting to know our friends, clients and community partners and becoming more familiar with the organization’s challenges and opportunities.
I have dedicated my non-profit career to helping those in the margins obtain education and a means to advocate for themselves. Everything that we do at International House is aligned with this passion of mine. And, there are urgencies now, more than ever, to ensure that those in the margins, especially among our immigrant community, receive such support.
It is a privilege to work alongside the International House staff who are extremely passionate about the immigrant and international community. I share their passion and I believe that my experiences over the last twenty years have led me here. I am a Certified Fund Raising Executive, hold a BS in Education, and will graduate from WGU with an MS in Management and Leadership in July. Over the course of my career, I have worked with communities to raise awareness and funds to support marginalized youth and families.
I began my non-profit career in 2006, leaving the for-profit world to speak and write about the transformative work a community center in Indianapolis was doing for the inner city youth. From there, I have worked for colleges securing scholarships for first generation attendees and international students, secured support for a new runaway teen shelter in Western NC, and ran the Blue Ridge Literacy Council in Henderson County, NC. My focus at each of these nonprofits has been growth through capacity building.
A colleague of mine recently reacted to my news of relocating from the Asheville area to Charlotte during a pandemic and commented, “what an odd time to be making a major life change, especially to a large city”. As I reflected on her words, I couldn’t help but think “perhaps it is an odd time, but there is much work to be done”.
As I continue my transition into this role, I hope that I am able to meet those who are a part of our community soon. Until then, stay well.”