Leadership Update - CEO to Retire

Dear Friends,
I am writing today to share some personal news. After 16 dedicated years of serving as CEO, I have decided to retire from Lifeline at the end of this year, December 31, 2023. Over the past decade at least, I have worked closely with many of you in furthering our mission to build self-reliance among youth, adults, and families through high-quality, community-based services. And I want to thank you for your support. I have seen this organization serve those most in need, grow to reach more and more in North County and beyond, and be responsive to the changing needs of the community. This year is also a milestone year for Lifeline, as we are celebrating 50 years of impact in serving the local community. I look forward to seeing Lifeline continue to make an even greater impact throughout San Diego County over the next 50 years as well.

I made the decision to retire from Lifeline for a few reasons. During 2022, I dealt with a series of health challenges that have now all been resolved. However, this brought into crisp focus for me that after working for 39 years in the nonprofit sector (35 here in San Diego), I have earned the opportunity to rest, prioritize my health, and enjoy more travel in retirement. Lifeline's Board of Directors has been proactive and thoughtful about my announcement, and they have already begun the process to recruit a new CEO with a focused interest in a new leader who has local and regional experience with both government contracts and philanthropy. They are looking for someone who has the energy and drive to continue the excellent work of this organization, to help it continue to grow, and to meet new opportunities as yet known to us. We aim to announce a candidate for CEO in the Fall of 2023.

I have always accepted and worked with change – because it is inevitable – but also because there is always great opportunity hidden within it. If you have any questions or want to connect, feel free to reach out.
As we look forward, we must also reflect back and acknowledge our success. To that end, Lifeline will be hosting its 50th Anniversary Celebration event on Saturday, October 21st at The Seabird Resort. They will be saying a few words about my retirement and tenure, and celebrating Lifeline's impact over the past 50 years. I would love you to be a part of it in some capacity. Thank you for your friendship, collaboration, and support!

Don Stump, CEO