HRC's Solmonese to Step Down, Sources Say No Replacement Has Been Selected
Although Spaulding reported that "a replacement executive director has been identified," four sources familiar with the situation describe that portion of the report as inaccurate -- with one saying the process is just beginning and will not be rapid.
The replacement process for Jacques was detailed, lengthy and public -- involving multiple news releases and announcements from HRC. The appointment of Rosen -- who had a long history with the organization -- as interim executive director was public, as were the plans for and make-up of the search committee, which was co-chaired by Gwen Baba of Los Angeles and Vic Basile of Baltimore, Md.
Spaulding refers to the person she reported was identified as Solmonese's replacement as "a paid consultant" who has worked with the organization. Metro Weekly has identified that consultant as Cathy Woolard, who most recently served on the senior leadership team at CARE, which describes itself as "a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty" and is based in Atlanta.
Although the sources say that no permanent replacement has been selected, none of the four sources were willing to say what, if any, role Woolard would play in the transition efforts at HRC.