Grounded Strategies Executive Director Transition



Charlie Goodwin, Chair of the Board of Directors

Darnell Moses, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors

Grounded Strategies announces the resignation of its Executive Director, Ariam Ford,

effective November 30, 2023. Ariam will be moving on to a new role outside of Western



Ariam has had a profound impact on Grounded and the people and communities we serve

during her 6 1/2-year tenure with the organization. As Executive Director, she successfully led

the organization through the Covid-19 pandemic, broadened Grounded’s external support

to include national funders and partners, and reframed Grounded’s approach to

environmental stewardship to champion racial and social justice as well.


We are pleased to announce that current Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Darnell

Moses will serve as Interim Executive Director of Grounded Strategies while the Board

conducts a search for a new Executive Director. Darnell has over two decades of experience

in community and economic development, nonprofits, and government which he will

employ to guide the organization through the transition.


We thank Ariam for her dedication and steadfast leadership as Executive Director and wish

her the best of luck in her new position. Please join us in welcoming Darnell into the role of

Interim Executive Director.