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|EDRAite of the Month - Kate O'Donnell|
I was introduced to EDRA in May 2010 at EDRA41 in Washington, DC. It was two weeks after I had given birth to Abby, my youngest daughter, and I was interviewing with the EDRA Board in the hope to serve as the organization’s executive director. It was a fitting beginning to my five year tenure, filled with unexpected challenges and joys of helping EDRA rebuild its foundation and re-emerge as the vibrant organization it is today. Along the way I’ve had the pleasure of developing relationships with some of the most intelligent, passionate people I’ve ever met who have taught me to look at the places and spaces around me in a completely new light. I now have a much stronger appreciation for “informed” design, and can teach my daughters about the importance of incorporating research into their ideas.
As I prepare to send Abby to kindergarten this fall, I can’t help compare the symmetry of being a “proud mama” as I orient EDRA’s new management team in all that EDRA has to offer. I’m so honored to have been part of EDRA’s legacy--even if for only a brief time--and I can’t wait to watch it continue to grow and thrive. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you.