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A New Era of Growth for GRACE: Welcoming Carlea Bauman as Our First Executive Director!

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One of the biggest steps in the development of a nonprofit organization is the transition from being founder-run to bringing in support of an experienced leader in the nonprofit world. On behalf of the GRACE organization, I’m thrilled to welcome Carlea Bauman as our first Executive Director, as she starts officially in early October.

Here is just a brief sketch of her professional history:

Carlea brings over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and health advocacy. She joins The Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education as its first executive director and will direct its growth in revenue, outreach and programs.

From 2006 to 2013, she led the patient advocacy group Fight Colorectal Cancer (formerly C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition) as its first executive director and later, president. In that capacity, she testified before Congress and the Food and Drug Administration, led the organization through a rebranding, grew its revenue from $340,000 to $1.3 million annually, and increased its advocacy participation by over 200 percent.

Prior to working for Fight Colorectal Cancer, she worked as the National Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the American Diabetes Association and as Press Secretary for the groundbreaking Florida “Truth” Campaign, an initiative that resulted in a 10 percent drop in teen smoking within a single year.

Her passion for health advocacy is personal: Within a 14 month period between 1999 and 2000, she lost her mother to complications of Type 1 diabetes and her father to lung cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome.

Carlea’s career initially started in politics working for the late Florida Governor Lawton Chiles and later at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Florida State University and resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and children.

Over the past several months of our search for an Executive Director for GRACE, Carlea greatly impressed me and many other directors of our board with her dedication, her experience in navigating the growth of a cancer nonprofit to excellence and far greater visibility, her creative approach to developing new programs, and her skill in working toward consensus. I and the other folks in the current leadership of GRACE are eager to have her join us and usher in a new era in which we will be much more capable of bringing us toward what so many of us have envisioned for GRACE. Welcome Carlea!!


5 Responses to A New Era of Growth for GRACE: Welcoming Carlea Bauman as Our First Executive Director!

  • cards7up says:

    Welcome Aboard! I’m sure you’ll do great things for GRACE and glad you’re here!
    Take care, Judy

  • Sherry says:

    Welcome!

  • laya d. says:

    Welcome Carlea! So happy you’ve joined us. . .

    Laya

  • judys says:

    For those of us who have been around since the days of OncTalk -where it was just Dr West answering LC questions on his own – to now see GRACE with many other cancer experts available to a worldwide group of patients and caregivers is amazing. Welcome, Carlea. You’ve come to a wonderful place.

  • marisa93 says:

    Welcome to GRACE, Carlea! We are happy to have you here:)

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