September 11th, 2008 5:33 pm | by Byron Beck News | Posted In: Politics

Sister Act: Unity Project Director Steps Down

"Six short months ago, Brother to Brother was excited to announce the selection of Alisa A. Simmons as our new Executive Director after having successfully served as the interim director of the organization for the prior six months. Today, I must announce that Ms. Simmons has chosen to leave her position as the Executive Director of Unity Project of Oregon."

So reads the letter sent out today from Craig Tyson, the Unity Project Oregon Board Chair.

For those who don't recall, Simmons became the Executive Director of the Brother to Brother, which has since changed its name to the more inclusive Unity Project Oregon. That move followed a difficult time for the group, which was created 15 years ago to provide a social network for black, gay, bi and “down-low” dudes (they're not gay but have sex with men anyway).

It was first documented in an WW article here.

When Simmons took the job, she told WW: “I've got nothing to lose,” about whether her new job will work out or not, “and a whole lot to gain.”

Now it looks like Simmons has gained some free time. And the future leadership of the organization isn't certain.

Tyson's letter continues:
"In our efforts to stay on track and remain focused, the Board of Directors has chosen to postpone the appointment of a new Executive Director and directly take on the responsibilities of operations of the organization. This change in management structure is temporary. However, this change is needed, as we work to thoroughly access the state of the organization, its effectiveness in fulfilling its mission, its ability to fulfill its mission and achieve its vision of a world where all people are free to live their lives to their fullest expectations without discrimination or harassment and with the freedom to live proudly and justly lives. I expect that more change will be coming shortly as we progress through this work but I am confident in the abilities of the organization and its supporters."

More details to come.
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