Board of Directors, Community Health for Asian Americans: CHAA’s Board must resign, and Beatrice Lee reinstated as Executive Director
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Board of Directors, Community Health for Asian Americans: CHAA’s Board must resign, and Beatrice Lee reinstated as Executive Director

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      Friends of CHAA

Beatrice Lee is a well-known and highly regarded female non-profit leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, and has been serving as Executive Director of Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA) for the past 10 years. Ms. Lee has worked to grow and stabilize CHAA, overseeing a tripling in organization size through difficult economic times, and has worked to expand CHAA’s reach and impacts during her tenure as Executive Director. For over a decade, Ms. Lee has participated in important work in two Bay Area counties and is active at the State level.

Ms. Lee was abruptly removed from her position by the Board of Directors on November 16, 2012, without clear reason, without a clear and fair process, without a broad inquiry into confidence in her leadership, and despite a plethora of positive reviews and support from staff, community members and leaders, partner organizations, funders and public systems.

No justification was given for why Ms. Lee was removed from her position that would warrant depriving CHAA and the communities it serves of her leadership. This irresponsible action by the Board - 5 of 6 of whom have been with the organization for less than a year - poses grave harm to CHAA’s reputation and viability as an organization, undermining CHAA’s ability to serve the needs of critically underserved populations, and creating real instability, a violation of the Board’s fiduciary responsibilities to CHAA. Further, both the Board’s handling of Ms. Lee’s dismissal and of the transition following her departure demonstrates a significant failure in leadership, and are inconsistent with CHAA’s social justice and healing mission, vision and values. There is no confidence in the current Board of Directors’ continued stewardship of the organization. The Board must resign, effective immediately, and Beatrice Lee must be reinstated, pending an organizational investigation of the conditions of her departure.

We make these demands in the best interest of the organization, CHAA’s critical services, and the communities CHAA serves.

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      • over 1 year ago

      It is important because the Board violated "due process'.

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    • Maly Phommavong EL SOBRANTE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      For the past several years, I've been working with CHAA at different capacity, as a community member, and probation officer in collaborative effort. In my experience with Beatrice Lee, she is one level headed, passionate, and innovative leader in the non-profit world. The Board must retract their decision and provide a fair process to Mrs. Lee.

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      • over 1 year ago

      I believe she was a good leader, and the Board cant be as good as her. The Board didn't give just reason to remove her.

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    • Andrés Soto RICHMOND, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      It appears the Board of Directors has really overstepped its bounds with its action. I support the staff and community who Beatrice back.

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    • Diana Pei Wu PORTLAND, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      CHAA is serving an immense need in Alameda County and also delivers a health care model that needs to be instituted in the rest of the U.S.: culturally competent and language specific care and advocacy. The Board is not on the website, and that should be publicly available information. The Board needs to be accountable for their actions in this matter.

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