FUSION executive director to step down in October

Robin O’Grady has served as executive director of the Federal Way nonprofit since March 2019.

Robin O’Grady. Courtesy photo

Robin O’Grady. Courtesy photo

FUSION Executive Director Robin O’Grady is stepping down, the Federal Way-based nonprofit announced on Monday.

The nonprofit organization provides transitional and emergency housing in Federal Way and Northeast Tacoma for families experiencing homelessness. O’Grady’s last day with the organization is Friday, Oct. 15.

“It has been an extreme honor to serve in this capacity for such an amazing organization,” O’Grady said. “I am confident that the wonderful organization that is and always has been FUSION will continue to execute its mission to serve families experiencing homelessness well into the future.”

O’Grady’s departure is due to personal reasons, according to the nonprofit. She has served as executive director since March 2019.

A search for a new executive director is underway and the nonprofit will be looking nationally for candidates, according to the board. In the meantime, FUSION Board Chair David Harrison has been appointed interim executive director until O’Grady’s replacement is selected.

“We are so thankful for Robin’s contributions to FUSION,” Harrison said. “We have built a strong foundation for future growth, including The Pete Andersen FUSION Family Center, and the Board and I are committed to moving forward in service of families in need in our area as we have done for the past 28 years.”

In addition to housing and helping families work toward self-sufficiency, the nonprofit organization also operates the FUSION Décor Boutique and Poverty Bay Café in Federal Way. FUSION was founded in 1993.

For more information, visit fusionfederalway.org.

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