To address the events of 2020, organizations around the world require nimble, innovative leadership—and World Ocean School has just that. Skillfully navigating endless ambiguity and complex challenges, our leadership team revamped the financial model, developed new recruitment strategies, invested in marketing, and launched new programs like World Ocean School Dockside and World Ocean School at Home to continue engaging, supporting, and inspiring students.
Because of the dedication of our outstanding deckhand educators, who isolated themselves from friends and family to deliver open-air programs safely, and the commitment of our fabulously generous donor community, World Ocean School was one of the only in-person schools operating in Boston this summer. A remarkable achievement. How lucky am I to be Board Chair at this time?
You should also know that we have a hardworking board of directors who have participated in dozens of virtual and socially distanced meetings over the last six months to ensure sound stewardship of resources. A particular shout out to our terrific past board chair, Steve Briggs, who among other things, is now leading the planning for the largest restoration effort since Roseway was acquired in 2002 by our founders.
Working with our CEO, Eden Leonard, the board is preparing the organization for growth based on a comprehensive strategy that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. We are joining forces with leaders in Boston and St. Croix to improve our understanding of community and student needs and forge strategic relationships—relationships that create sustainable support for our historic vessel and our important mission.
This is a very exciting time to be part of World Ocean School aboard Roseway. Thank you for your continued support and all that you do to transform the lives of the students we serve.
Amanda Pullen, Board Chair