A seat at the table

Tchernavia Montgomery is the chief executive officer of Care Ring,  a nonprofit that provides health services for the uninsured, underinsured or those lacking access to affordable, high-quality preventive health care.

In March of 2021, in the midst of the pandemic, the board of directors at Care Ring selected me to become part of a humble cohort of nonprofit executive directors and CEOs, nationally. 

That is, the 10% who are people of color. 

I am grateful for the courage this board showed in hiring me, and more.

To paraphrase the words of the immortal Shirley Chisolm, I didn’t have to bring a folding chair, because a seat was made for me at the table.

As the first minority to lead our organization since its founding in 1955, I’m newly enlightened to the tremendous challenges and opportunities for leaders of color within the nonprofit space. 

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