Ted Wysocki is the new CEO of ICA-USA.
How did you find the ICA?
I first met ICA in 1984 when I became CEO of the Chicago Association of Neighborhood Development Organizations (CANDO). With its work on the west side in Fifth City, ICA was a CANDO member. In addition, ICA had a contract with the City of Chicago to do strategic planning for delegate agencies, most of which were CANDO members. My first decision then as a new CEO was to retain and hire an ICA colleague, Kitty Cole, as CANDO's membership director.
What is your role?
As the new CEO of ICA-USA, I look forward to engaging at the local level here in our home community of Uptown; at the city-wide level with our emerging Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network; at the national level as we explore how to replicate our sustainability initiatives elsewhere in the country; and internationally with ICA colleagues around the world.
What is your favorite thing about the ICA?:
ICA's mission to "build a just and equitable society in harmony with Planet Earth" resonates with me personally and professionally. We need to collaborate and advocate for action on climate change.
What is an interesting fact about you?:
At the end of last August, I started a weekly blog, U2Cando49, to reflect on my 40+ years of community development work and current justice issues. One of my early posts was on the launch of ICA's GreenRise Learning Lab and its 485 solar panels. More recently, I blogged a book review of Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything that was published nationally on March24th by Shelterforce Weekly.