On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Mechanics’ Institute and with much gratitude for his excellent service, I announce the departure of Ralph Lewin as Executive Director effective January 14, 2019. During his four years at MI, Ralph has enhanced the relevance, visibility, and community engagement of the Institute, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “beacon of what a cultural institution can be for all citizens.” With a recent grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an increase in generous donations from its growing membership, as well as its bustling member activity and cultural events, the Mechanics’ Institute is in a strong position to move into the future.
Over the next few months, we will be conducting a search for a new executive director. We are committed to finding the best individual to lead the Institute while maintaining a stable and effective organization during the transition. We will share the job announcement soon. Please refer any candidates you may identify as qualified to help the Mechanics’ Institute continue its mission of cultural and educational advancement.
All of us at MI – staff, Board, members, and partners – will greatly miss Ralph. We thank him for his thoughtful and enthusiastic dedication and leadership, and we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor as the executive director of the Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund.
President, Board of Trustees, Mechanics’ Institute