Reflections on Alice Alexander’s tenure from Peter Lazar
As Coho/US launches into a new phase with our new Executive Director, Karin Hoskin, this is a
good time to also reflect on how far the organization has come in recent years. It’s also a good
time to pause and appreciate the work of former Executive Director, Alice Alexander.
After unfortunate setbacks and bad luck, by early 2014 Coho/US found itself in a tenuous
position. Revenue was slow, cash on hand meager, and activity levels marginal; the future of
Coho/US looked murky. Despite all that, in April 2014, Alice agreed to take the position of
Executive Director. From her home base in Durham Central Park Cohousing, she launched her
organizational rejuvenation program on all fronts simultaneously.
Relying on decades of management experience in the not-for- profit world, she completely
reorganized reorganized operations, led an increase in donations and advertising revenues;
modernized the website; and lead us in four successful national conferences (Boulder, Durham,
Salt Lake City, and Nashville). The list goes on.
Alice brought to Coho/US an authentic, infectious enthusiasm and optimism. She advocated
cohousing at each available opportunity. She was famous for accessibility and responsiveness:
most emails and phone calls were answered same day, or next day. She made people want to
work with her. She became a cheerful public face of the national cohousing movement.
Thanks to three years of Alice, Coho/US has been restored to financial stability, reliable
performance, and national credibility. As of July, she has moved on to other ventures, and she
leaves Coho/US in very good shape for the next Executive Director, and the next round of
Directors. The Board of Coho/US is intensely grateful for all she has done for us. But this is not
the end of our relationship with Alice, for we know that, from her base in Durham NC, she will
stay engaged in many aspects of the cohousing lifeway and mission, and be joining us at future
conferences and other activities. And, of course, we know where she lives.
Peter Lazar, President
For the Board of Coho/US
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