Today we have bittersweet news to share about DelawareCAN Executive Director Daniel Walker. Last night, the Wilmington City Council voted to appoint Daniel as Chief of Staff for the council. They recognized in Daniel the same things that made him a tremendous leader for DelawareCAN the past four years–an excellent coalition partner, an unmatched work ethic and a true passion for serving the people of Delaware.

Unfortunately, this means he will be transitioning out of the role of DelawareCAN director to take this critical leadership role for the City of Wilmington. While we are sad to lose such an amazing leader, we are encouraged by the fact that Daniel will be shaping policy for Delaware’s largest city for many years to come. Daniel represents the next generation of leadership in Delaware and it gives us confidence in Delaware’s future that he is stepping into a role of such prominence.

We set out to work on what became DelawareCAN five years ago with the ambitious goal of ensuring every Delaware child has equal access to a quality education. Together we created a community-driven advocacy organization that is working to enact a fair and equitable student funding system and put the needs of students first when shaping the education policies of our state. Our fight is truly an urgent one. Delaware children cannot afford to wait for better educational opportunities. That’s why in the weeks ahead we will be launching a search for the next leader of DelawareCAN who will bring their own passion to this important mission and take us forward over the next five years and beyond.

We are grateful that Daniel will be able to continue this shared mission in his new role.

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