PROVIDENCE – Save The Bay today named Michael Gerhardt, whom the nonprofit described as a “leadership transition veteran,” to serve as interim executive director while the environmental group seeks a permanent successor to Curt Spalding.
The nonprofit said it is interviewing top candidates now.
“Michael Gerhardt is the clear leader in his field when it comes to guiding nonprofit organizations through leadership transitions,” Alden M. Anderson Jr., president of the Save The Bay board, said in a statement today. “It is an enormous advantage to have an experienced leader in this important interim role. The board, our staff and our membership will surely benefit from the steady hand, clear vision and vast wisdom Michael Gerhardt brings.”
In recent years, Gerhardt has served as interim director of a number of local nonprofits, including Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, the Providence Ronald McDonald House, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. (READ MORE) He previously had served as president and chief operating officer of the former HMO Rhode Island, from 1985 to 1995, and as executive director of AIDS Project Rhode Island, from 1998 to 2001.
Spalding, who had led Save The Bay since 1987, completed his departure on June 30. He touched off a nationwide search for a successor with his announcement in February that he planned to leave the nonprofit. (READ MORE)
“It is very hard to leave a job you love, but it is time to seek new challenges and pass on the responsibility of expanding and deepening the community’s commitment to sustaining a clean and healthy Bay,” Spalding said at the time. He is credited with growing the nonprofit from a small grass-roots group into nationally prominent environmental organization.
“Save The Bay is an absolute stalwart of Rhode Island’s environmental community – and I look forward to contributing to this tradition, as this fundamentally sound organization goes through a period of leadership transition,” Gerhardt said today. “As a longtime member of Save The Bay, I look forward to the opportunity to assist in this critical organization’s leadership transition process.”
Save The Bay, founded in 1970, is a nonprofit education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the Rhode Island economy, environment and quality of life by protecting, restoring and exploring the Narragansett Bay and its watershed. To learn more, visit www.SaveBay.org.