April 3, 2014
Mike McCabe will be stepping aside as the Democracy Campaign’s director at the end of 2014. At the request of members of WDC’s board of directors, Mike has agreed to stay involved with the organization by joining the board once a new executive director is hired.
Mike has been involved with the Democracy Campaign since its founding in 1995, serving on the board for several years before joining the staff in 1999. He became the group’s executive director in 2000.
“At the end of this year the Democracy Campaign will be turning 20 and I will have been director for 15 years. The last thing I want is for WDC to grow stale. Organizations can benefit from an infusion of new thinking and new energy from time to time. I think that time has come for the Democracy Campaign,” McCabe said. “I have poured my heart and soul into the Democracy Campaign and love this organization dearly. But I am ready for a new professional adventure. I did not want to depart in an abrupt way that caused organizational turmoil. My decision to stay as director through the rest of 2014 will give the board ample time to do a thorough needs assessment, a deliberate and orderly search for my replacement, and provide for a smooth transition with some overlap between the outgoing and incoming directors.”
WDC board president Brynne McBride said, “As the inspirational leader of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign for nearly two decades, Mike has guided WDC through both successful and challenging times as a strong, passionate voice for open and honest government. Our members and board of directors wish Mike happiness, laughter, a dress code that allows blue jeans, and invigorating travels on his new professional journey. We value and applaud Mike’s willingness to stay connected to WDC in a new, ex-officio capacity. The strong support from our board, members and coalition partners will ensure that WDC remains a leading voice that inspires current and future generations to hold political power accountable and push democracy in Wisconsin.”