Our New Executive Director
|A special message from Board Presidents Mary Cadera and Randy Engstrom...|
Bus Friends and Allies,
We’re writing today to share some very exciting news.
As Board Presidents of the Washington Bus and the Washington Bus Education Fund, we are thrilled to announce Toby Crittenden as the next Executive Director of the Washington Bus.
Toby, the Bus's current Program Director, will take over from Thomas Goldstein, who has led the Bus since its inception in 2007. Toby will begin to shift into his new role immediately, working side-by-side with Thomas through the month of April to ensure a seamless transition.
“It’s an honor to be selected as the next Executive Director of the most fun and exciting political organization in Washington. The Bus is stronger than ever, and I’m excited to build on the great accomplishments of our first five years,” says Toby.
Toby got on board in the fall of 2007 when the Bus was as much an idea as a reality. He went on to develop and launch many of our most iconic programs, from Bus Trips, to Trick or Vote, to Candidate Survivor. Toby has overseen a doubling in staff over the past year and has built the internal systems that have made Bus programs so effective and, dare we say, inspiring.
“I am thrilled by Toby Crittenden's selection as the next Executive Director of the Bus. To know Toby is to know the Bus. He is a mature and natural leader, a quick study and a patient teacher,” says Thomas. “The Bus thrives at the intersection of art, politics, music, and civic engagement. Toby navigates those avenues effortlessly.”
The Bus Boards of Directors, staff, and community stakeholders engaged in a rigorous transition process that began in the fall with over 100 personal meetings with close friends and allies to develop the criteria for a successful Bus leader.
We received applications from highly qualified candidates from a myriad of backgrounds that reflected the diverse constituencies engaged in our work. A committee featuring Board, staff, and community partners conducted over 20 hours of candidate interviews to determine the outstanding finalists.
The Board was integrally involved in designing the search process and selecting a candidate. We are fully invested in supporting Toby as the new leader of the Bus, and ensuring a smooth transition for staff and the organization as a whole.
The Bus has amassed a tremendous set of accomplishments in five short years. We owe our success to our friends and supporters, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with you through this exciting transition.
Stay tuned – we will be announcing public events in May to introduce Toby in his new role. If you’re interested in reaching out to Toby or other members of the Bus’s leadership, we would be delighted to hear from you.
And have no fear – the Bus will return to our regularly scheduled punning (or the “pundamentals”) next week.
With excitement for the future,
Mary Cadera and Randy Engstrom, Board Presidents of the Washington Bus and the Washington Bus Education Fund