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Mullen’s Minutes - November 2018

by Adam / Nov 27, 2018










Executive Director Erica Mullen takes the helm!

We salute Outgoing Executive Director Andy Herbst on a job well done as we welcome our new Executive Director,  Erica Mullen, as she steps to the wheel!

Dear BFI Agents:

I am so thrilled to be the new Executive Director for BFI. I was drawn to BFI because of the focus on youth development, writing, and academic support, and the innovative programs that BFI offers.

Now I know that we are so much more:

• An amazing team of staff with a focus on the youth we serve and a commitment to equity.
• Dedicated volunteers who connect with and mentor our students.
• The Youth Advisory Board which allows teens to give back to both BFI and their community.
• A great place to buy Space Travel gear.
• Two locations reaching out to our communities, partners, and schools.
• The home of Mr. Geoduck (unless he moves to Antarctica).
• A place where a group of youth is currently writing their own novels during National Novel Writing Month.
• A supportive community where youth can be creative, kind, and fearless.

Here are some things you might want to know about me:

• I love bullet points!
• My favorite color is pink.
• I am the proud mom of a witty and smart 13 year old boy named Connor.
• I love to travel – a few of my favorite places are San Francisco, Chicago and Italy.
• I grew up in Seattle and graduated from Garfield High School (Go Bulldogs!).
• I am very uncomfortable around cranes (the construction equipment, not the bird).
• I love to run! I have run a couple marathons and many half marathons.
• I like to listen to audio books when I run; I have listened to every John Grisham book while running.
• I also listen to lots of podcasts and am always looking for suggestions for new ones.
• My favorite book when I was in elementary school was Oscar Otter.
• If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be pasta

Being thankful: 

My family really enjoys Thanksgiving both for the amazing food (I love to cook) and for the time with friends and family. I also think it is a good time of year to reflect on what I am thankful for. This year, there is so much for me to appreciate. I am fortunate to have an amazing family and great friends. I am also so honored to be the next Executive Director for BFI because: we have an outstanding staff and volunteer team, we provide programs that help students feel like they have a place to be fearless, I am inspired by the creativity of staff and students, we have an amazing group of supporters including a strong board of directors and committed donors, I am deeply committed to the work we are doing, and I think I can make a positive impact here. 

Thank you for being part of our BFI community I look forward to connecting with you soon!