Dear Community Members, Partners, Staff and Friends,
After 45 years of working at all levels of government; superintending Northern California school districts; teaching university courses; managing corporate and nonprofit organizations such as the Sacramento YWCA and the California State Small School Districts Association; operating my own business; and managing large scale real estate and land development projects, I am finally retiring from a dream job as CEO of the Marin City Community Development Corporation.
Five years ago, I remember coming to the Marin City Community Development Corporation (MCCDC) learning how to navigate Marin County’s geographic, political, and cultural landscape while putting in exceptionally long hours to help the agency and others make beneficial changes. I have been privileged to work with many extraordinary, committed adults and young people. May the time we spent together plant seeds of even greater success, mutual respect, caring and growth as we continue along our respective pathways. Our treasured goal is to work for what is true and right.
I look back with gratitude. MCCDC’s mission is to help people from all walks of life become economically self-sufficient and to build viable careers. As I leave MCCDC, I am taking many of you with me. You will live in my memories. I’ll always remember the things we have done together:
- convinced Target to put a large grocery section into the Marin City store to combat our area’s food desert status and to hire 67% Marin City residents as part of the store’s initial staff in the Marin City Gateway Shopping Center Target Store in 2017;
- obtained higher quality education and leadership for our students in Marin City;
- strengthened the MCCDC’s long-term financial accounting and sustainability and tripled the gross value of MCCDC through consolidation and effective grant writing;
- established the Empowerment Clubhouse;
- won one of 29 State of California grants for $650,000 to increase employment training opportunities for low-income and/or minority residents of Marin County;
- purchased and renovated our beautiful Victorian building;
- created a successful job fair with viable employment placements; and
- celebrated equity and MCCDC employment successes through our fun and exciting inaugural “Dancing with the Stars” annual fundraising event.
Thank you to my colleagues for support, friendship and for being exemplars of what it is to serve faithfully with humility. I will always remember our shared projects, our shared joys, shared struggles, and shared laughter. Thank you, too, for the notes of appreciation, words of encouragement, shared resources, and time.
Many MCCDC Board Members have been kind in saying I gave a gift of myself: my high energy, enthusiasm, leadership, respect, and love to you. I want to turn that around and give it back, for this is precisely what you have given me.
What am I going to do in retirement? Continue to help others and change the world, of course! Resting on my laurels is not an option. However, I look forward to traveling, spending more time with my family, staying healthy and working for positive change.
Lastly, I leave you with these words from Barack Obama as we mutually continue along our journeys:
Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other
time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Peace to Your Journey,
Dr. Melissa Cadet