In March 2015, Amy Essington joined the HSSC as executive director, coming in to oversee an organization in transition after leaving the Lummis House, its headquarters for half a century. Since then, Amy has worked tirelessly with the board, spearheading the completion of a number of vital projects, including deaccessioning the archival collection, securing the financial future of the Southern California Quarterly, establishing transparent accounting procedures, updating our bylaws, redesigning the HSSC website, and completing an audit of the 2019 financials. With the completion of a successful audit, the organization is now on a solid footing, and Amy has decided that the time is right for her to retire. The board has begun the search process and expects to hire a successor by January 2021. The board and I extend our deepest gratitude to Amy for her unwavering commitment to the Historical Society of Southern California during our lengthy transition and for positioning the Society for a bright future.
President, Historical Society of Southern California