A few days ago I sent the following message to my fellow members of the Outreach Committee for Chapel Hill 2020. Apparently having and stating strong opinions is incompatible with leadership in that process. Rather than spending time struggling to lead the internal outreach process, I think I will be a more effective and way more authentic advocate from the outside. It's a pity the Town can't make room for vocally opinionated comunity members to be leaders in creating our new comprehensive plan. We all have opinions. Some people are just more blunt about them than others. There are precious few "neutral" leaders who are qualified and motivated enough to serve.
Hello, Outreach colleagues. As you will be learning at today's meeting, I am no longer serving as a co-chair of the Outreach committee, although I remain 100% committed to the success of Chapel Hill 2020. During last week's theme group meetings, I made a comment on my personal Twitter account that George and Rosemary (and perhaps others, though none have contacted me) did not agree with. They felt it was inappropriate for a person in my position to openly criticize the process or the people involved with it.
While it might not have been my finest hour, I stand by my comments. I think it is important for the integrity of this process that we be able to critique it. However, we all have more important things to do than spend time debating my "position," so I agreed with Rosemary and George to resign as a co-chair of 2020 Outreach. It is my strong hope that they will find someone else who can continue to help lead the committee, especially with respect to engaging people who are young and people who are less privileged, as their voices are not being heard enough at the 2020 meetings right now.
I will continue to participate as a stakeholder in Chapel Hill 2020, and will also continue to advocate for more broad community involvement in the process. I think my time will be better spent doing this work directly than serving on the committee at this point, and I don't want to serve as a distraction to your important work. I very much appreciate the time and personal energy that all of you are investing in this critical mission, and you can be assured that you will still be seeing me in person at 2020 meetings, and online at the 2020buzz.org and orangepolitics.org talking up the plan.
Thank you, it's been a pleasure working with you and I hope our paths will cross as we continue to work to improve engagement in Chapel Hill's Comprehensive Plan!