ATX or Bust

August 1, 2016

Today’s post is by Elizabeth Krause, outgoing VP of Policy and Communicationsenhanced-buzz-2095-1373932304-36

After 10 years and 10 months, and three job titles, today is my last day with the Connecticut Health Foundation.  I am headed to Austin to join the staff of a rapidly growing health foundation that is about to make a pivot into strategic philanthropy.

Reactions to my news have been varied.  Many people have expressed quick enthusiasm for a booming, diverse city that is known for live music and great food.  Colleagues in policy and advocacy have not missed an opportunity to remind me about Texas’s different history where it comes to health policy.  And a few people thought they heard me say Boston.  But all have made me feel valued and prematurely missed – a feeling that is mutual.

While I could give a rundown of my proudest accomplishments, I will spare you with the hope that my contributions will stand on their own, embedded in institutional memory and oral tradition (be kind).  After all, I was never here to enforce reporting deadlines and policy brief word counts.  I was here to be your partner as someone with skin in the game for the Connecticut we were shaping together.

Leaving a job and community I love is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made.  How privileged I have been to work with phenomenal board members, team members, colleagues, leadership fellows, and grantees – all under the incomparable mentorship of Patricia Baker.

Just as J. Alfred Prufrok measured his life in coffee spoons and a hundred visions and revisions, I have measured my decade at CT Health in Keurig pods and evolving visions for the persevering work of health equity.


10 Responses to ATX or Bust

  1. John Torello says:

    Best wishes Elizabeth!

  2. Quyen Truong says:

    Thanks for all you’ve done to advance health equity and to educate me and others about health issues in CT! You will be missed.

  3. Yvette says:

    I will miss you.

  4. Joan Baisley says:

    Elizabeth, I wish you every happiness in your future in Texas and they are so lucky to have you. It has been a pleasure working for and with you during my time at CT Health. Should I be lucky enough to work there again, and I hope I will, I will miss your fashion sense, your sense of humor and your encouraging attitude.

  5. Heang Tan says:

    I am fortunate to call you a thought partner and friend. Austin is lucky to have you!

  6. Roberta Echelson says:

    You are leaving a legacy of dedication, sense, sensibility, and conscience. You will be missed. Go and carry forth the good word to Texas, where they need you for sure.

  7. Patricia Baker says:

    Elizabeth has made too many contributions to the foundation to count. We are better for her service and celebrate this new chapter in her journey. Thank you Elizabeth.

  8. Tina says:

    Your commitment and shear genius will be missed. Texas has no idea what force is coming. Lucky them. Best wishes for a smooth transition for your family. TBS

  9. Elizabeth Krause says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind sentiments and wishes. I will hold them close and they will fortify and embolden me as I step into the unfamiliar. I miss you all already.

  10. SB Chatterjee says:

    Thank you Elizabeth and good wishes to you & family in the new endeavors

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