After the former CEO of Time’s Up resigned at the end of August over reports that she served former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after he was accused of sexual misconduct, the organization announced that it would be replacing its entire board.
Tina Tchen was the former CEO of Time’s Up and served as an aide to Michelle Obama during the Obama administration. Last month, in the midst of Cuomo’s sexual misconduct scandal, reports surfaced that Tchen, along with Roberta Kaplan, the former Time’s Up chair, had worked with him and offered him help with the scandal. Both women resigned from Time’s Up shortly thereafter. On September 4, the organization released a statement saying it was ready for new leadership.
Despite already having an interim CEO in place, leadership felt it would be best to establish a new precedent by appointing a completely new board. Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, Jurnee Smollett, Katie McGrath, Christy Haubegger, Hilary Rosen, Michelle Kydd, along with the new interim board chair, Nina Shaw resigned effective immediately.
Other board members, Colleen DeCourcy, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Ashley Judd and Gabrielle Sulzberger remained temporarily “to ensure a smooth transition”. These four were tasked with finding the organization a new board and, once finished, they would remain on the board for 30 days.
Even with the promises for change, some are still critical of the group. Monica McLemore, the co-founder of the group wrote “Good riddance” upon hearing the announcement. Another leader in the organization, Alison Turkos wrote, “These resignations are a step in the right direction, however, survivors are waiting to hear their concrete plans and how the organization plans to repair harm.”
Still, she was suspicious of the timing, saying, “This announcement was made late on a Friday night, on a holiday weekend. It doesn’t feel like they are proudly stepping into a new direction. It feels like they are doing this in the shadows. I look forward to learning more and to seeing this organization get back to its roots and mission, and always centering those most impacted in the work.”
ARTICLE: RITA VOGT
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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