Today, we are proud to announce ProgressLex’s new Executive Director, Nathan Dickerson. After 3 successful years as an all-volunteer organization, the Board of ProgressLex has decided that in order to continue to that success the time was right to hire a full-time Executive Director.
To fill this important role, we sought a leader with a transformative vision for the future of Lexington as well as the skills and experience to make that vision a reality. The Board is convinced that we have found that leader.
Let us get Nathan off on the right foot by giving a donation of any amount – $10, $25, $50, $100! As a Board, we are committed to matching at least $3,000 of funds raised between today (Nathan’s birthday) and Valentine’s Day!
Since our inception in February 2010, ProgessLex has been empowering and sharing citizens’ ideas through our blog, helping build community through our “Now What, Lexington?” unconferences, ensuring that firms that are paid public dollars don’t cut corners on their work, and striving to make Lexington a place that talented and creative people are happy to call home. On issues ranging from downtown and economic development to supporting the local art and entertainment communities, ProgressLex has been on the forefront of supporting progressive alternatives and building a community that works together for Lexington’s future. There are some well-researched ideas suggesting how Lexington could be enhanced, and with dedication, coordination and an established grassroots network, we believe we can make those ideas a reality.
Nathan grew up in Spottsville, Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky, earning a degree in Public Policy Studies with a minor in Computer Science. While at UK, Nathan was also awarded the prestigious Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Nathan also was on the National Student Advisory Board for Campus Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress. His writing has been published in The Nation webzine. During his senior year of college, Nathan served as an intern on Jonathan Miller’s gubernatorial campaign before doing fieldwork for the Beshear campaign. He worked on several state-level campaigns including serving as Lexington’s Senator Kathy Stein’s campaign manager and Representative Kelly Flood’s finance coordinator. He then worked in state government before moving to the The Council of State Governments. He was recently nominated and selected to be part of the Kentucky Chapter of the New Leaders Council for 2013. He’s also a graduate of United Way’s “Get on Board” program, has served as a volunteer for AVOL and helped raise money for the It Gets Better campaign.
Nathan’s impeccable qualifications and experiences are exactly what is needed now to lead ProgressLex. With the new energy at ProgressLex and in so many parts of Lexington, we believe it’s going to be a very good 2013 for our community.
The Board of ProgressLex