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A Note From Our New Executive Director

It is with honor and humility that I greet you as Pomegranate Center’s first Executive Director since Milenko founded the organization 30 years ago. I am well aware that I have big shoes to fill and that many of you are wondering how anyone could possibly replace Milenko.

Here’s the good news: we don’t need to replace Milenko. And this is not because he will still be involved with Pomegranate through training, mentorship, and our new Institute for Everyday Democracy. But it is because the nature of our organization is changing and we are entering an exciting new phase of work requiring a new type of leadership.

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We’re Hiring!

Pomegranate Center is hiring a Partnership/Development Director. We’re reviewing applications soon, with priority given to those submitted by October 9th. Visit our employment opportunities page for the full job description and application.

A Challenge to our Community

At the start of 2017, friend of Pomegranate Nancy Nordhoff pledged a $37,000 challenge grant to support us in our critical transition period. That means we need to raise money from our supporters in order to match the pledged funding.

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Pomegranate Center Celebrates

At our 30 Years and Beyond Party on Thursday, February 2nd, friends and colleagues of Pomegranate Center came together to honor the work of our founder Milenko Matanovic while simultaneously ushering in a new future with Executive Director Eric Higbee. Some one hundred people, including donors, project partners, trainees, and former employees and interns joined us at Impact Hub Seattle for a night of reminiscing, mingling, and toasting to all that we’ve done and all that’s yet to come.

Goodbye and Hello

A Special Announcement From Pomegranate Center

In conjunction with celebrating our 30th anniversary, Pomegranate Center is excited to announce a key organizational transition and a new addition to our programs.

This week, Founder and Executive Director Milenko Matanovic moves out of his current role and into the role of Director Emeritus. Going forward, he will focus his time and energy on writing and speaking engagements, while continuing to conduct trainings and be involved in special consulting projects as needed.

Eric Higbee, Pomegranate Center’s Design Director, is stepping into the role of Executive Director after four years with the organization. He brings with him a decade’s worth of experience in landscape architecture and a passion for grassroots community organizing.

As a part of Milenko’s new role, he will also head up our newly founded Institute for Everyday Democracy. The institute is a place to exchange ideas, participate in discussions, and generate a body of thought about how we participate in our democracy. It is a natural extension of Milenko’s thirty years teaching communities how to work more collaboratively.

Reflecting on his nonprofit, its legacy, and its future, Milenko says, “Pomegranate Center is a small miracle, and I hope to encourage others to jump into small miracles of their own making.”


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