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Drawn to SVP’s commitment to engaged philanthropy and the Cleveland community, Westbrook hopes to deepen the organization’s commitment to equity through individual and collective education, reflection, and action.
Though May 30th was Hilary Sparks-Roberts’s last day as executive director of SVP Cleveland, it does not mark the end of the positive impact she has had on our Partners, staff, Investees, and community. Testament to this impact are the teary-eyed farewells given by Partners and staff in Hilary’s sendoff video.
For almost two decades, the drive to make the world a better place has fueled SVP. However, our understanding of how we—SVP’s Partners, board and staff—approach this work has evolved over time. The events of the past days, weeks, and months are just the latest reminder of the systemic racism that permeate all aspects of our society. They are also testament to the fact that our evolution must be swifter, deeper, and all encompassing. We can—and must—do better.