Interim at Urban Environmental Nonprofit Helps Find Next Leader

Interim at Urban Environmental Nonprofit Helps Find Next Leader

Third Sector Company is pleased to announce that Deb Merle has been selected as the Interim Executive Director of ECOSS.


ECOSS, formerly known as the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, delivers environmental solutions that meet the needs of businesses, people and nature across Washington. Since the 1990s, ECOSS has been a leading urban environmental nonprofit in Seattle specializing in bridging knowledge and cultural gaps, serving the interests of residents, industry and government.


Deb said of the engagement, “It is an honor to have been chosen by the ECOSS Board to serve as their Interim Executive Director. ECOSS centers the voices of immigrants and refugees; they hire from within the community, train employees, and send them back into their own communities to deliver environmental education, resources and technical assistance.


While ECOSS is losing an amazing Executive Director, we look forward to continuing to work with Third Sector Company as we search for the next leader for this unique and special organization.”


During Deb’s career in public education research, advocacy and policymaking, she worked to
advance equity with a focus on how best to equip students of color and low-income students for
success in college. Deb earned her B.A. in Political Science and her M.A. in Educational
Psychology, both from the University of Washington.

Prior to her work at ECOSS, Deb served as Interim Executive Director of Equal Opportunity Schools, earning the honor of “Interim of the Year” for 2019, Third Sector Company’s highest national honor that recognizes professionals for providing exemplary transitional leadership to nonprofit organizations, associations and congregations.


All of the Third Sector Company community sends our best wishes to Deb and our thanks to the leadership at the ECOSS for putting their trust in the people, teachings and programs of Third Sector Company that have served nonprofits over the past 20 years.


ECOSS delivers environmental education, resources and technical assistance in the areas of stormwater permit compliance, recycling and food waste, electrical vehicles and solar energy, Brownfields, Green Stormwater Infrastructure and outreach to multicultural communities and businesses.


Third Sector Company and the graduates of Interim Executives Academy are available to provide vetted, highly-trained nonprofit interim executive leadership. From the training and experience at Interim Executives Academy, the graduates can provide a series of protocols and deliverables to ensure a successful interim leader engagement. They will also have access to mentorship and coaching through our community of interim leadership professionals.


If your nonprofit is preparing for a leadership transition or succession planning, contact us today.

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