Dear friends of Games for Change,
I feel really lucky to have been part of this community since 2004. First as a game developer, and in the last 5 years as the President of Games for Change.
During that time, I saw this community grow and thrive, with new people joining the conversation and creating better and higher-quality games. With great success stories, as well as spectacular failures. I feel it’s time to clear the way for new ideas and new leadership that will take this movement and sector to the next phase.
One of the things I am most proud of is our partnerships: the White House and the U.S. and NYC Departments of Education; the Half the Sky Movement project with Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn, and the talent at Show of Force; and community leaders such as Globaloria, the Cooney Center, E-Line Media and the members of the Industry Circle. Our unique partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival, through the leadership of co-founders Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, helped bring the conversation around games to the national and global spotlight.
This growth had its pains, mainly the question of sustainability, something every small to mid-sized nonprofit struggles with. In the last couple of years, we were able to answer that challenge successfully, but I wasn’t there alone. I’d like to thank the board of Games for Change, under the fierce leadership of Ken Weber from Zynga.org, who has been the #1 supporter of this sector. The other person to thank is Susanna Pollack, who worked by my side tirelessly on partnerships and development. And of course the staff at Games for Change that really CARES: Emily, Hsing, Meghan, Sara, Tania, Raanan, Kevin, and many great interns and volunteers.
It’s a farewell note, but not 100%. G4C offered me the opportunity to join its board and continue my involvement with its important work. I can’t wait for the great things to come!