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
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!