Project 180 Announces the Retirement of Founder and CEO, Barbara Richards

The Giving Coast

Project 180, a leading prisoner reentry organization in Sarasota County, announces the retirement of its esteemed Founder and CEO, Barbara Richards, after 16 years of dedicated service. Richards has been instrumental in transforming the lives of countless individuals through Project 180's impactful programs aimed at reintegrating former prisoners into society. Under Barbara Richards' visionary leadership, Project 180 has grown to become a beacon of hope and rehabilitation in Sarasota County. Her commitment to the organization's mission has played a pivotal role in shaping the lives of those who seek a second chance after incarceration. "We are profoundly grateful for Barbara's unwavering dedication to our mission," said David Shuel, board chair of Project 180. "Her leadership has been the cornerstone of our success, and we are committed to honoring her legacy by continuing the important work she began." In light of Barbara Richards' retirement, Project 180 is excited to announce that the Search & Transition process for a new CEO is officially underway. The Search & Transition Task Force, comprised of representatives from the board and key stakeholders, will lead the search for the organization's next leader. This task force is committed to identifying a candidate who will carry forward the organization's mission and values, ensuring the continued success and growth of Project 180. Barbara Richards expressed her gratitude to the entire Project 180 community: "It has been a privilege to serve alongside such dedicated individuals and witness the transformative impact we have collectively achieved. I have full confidence in the capabilities of our exceptional team, and I look forward to seeing the organization continue to flourish in the years ahead." Project 180 remains steadfast in its commitment to providing support, resources, and opportunities for individuals seeking to rebuild their lives after incarceration. The organization looks forward to welcoming a new leader who will build upon Barbara’s legacy and guide Project 180 into its next chapter of positive impact in the Sarasota County community.

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