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– Current & Former NYRR Employees
To our running community and supporters:
We, current and former NYRR employees, are appealing for your support. Inspired by friends and counterparts at other organizations working to dismantle institutional racism and oppression, a coalition of current and former NYRR employees are calling for the immediate resignation of Michael Capiraso, President and CEO of NYRR. We are also calling for the Board to commit to the implementation of policies that will level the playing field for all employees, especially those representing marginalized communities.
For years, we have been experiencing racism, bias, and bullying that goes unchecked. We want to create a healthy, equitable, and safe environment for ourselves and for our community. We have been pushing for fairness and cultural competency for years only to have it fall on deaf ears. So today, we are turning to the public, our board of directors, the running community, supporters and allies to ask for your support as we demand the immediate resignation of NYRR’s President and CEO, Michael Capiraso.
Our demands for the Board of Directors of New York Road Runners:
- Immediate removal of Michael Capiraso, president and CEO and board member, as he fosters toxic, discriminatory, and systemically racist work culture at NYRR.
- Conduct an independent pay equity audit, communicate results, and take corrective action to remediate disparities.
Analyze pay equity gaps around gender and race and ensure that equity has been built into current/future compensation structure
Corrective action should include capping bonuses of senior leaders to $25,000 so added compensation doesn’t exceed salary amounts of full-time staff.
Include an analysis of promotions
- Restructure Human Resources and accompanying policies and procedures to foster an anti-racist and anti-discriminatory workplace.
Amend internal investigation policies to be transparent with formalized timelines, communicated resolutions, and extended protection to complainants.
Develop a system to track, monitor, and analyze employee issues/investigations
Commit to transparency on salary range and what determines to pay for job posting (current policy is non-disclosure until an offer is made)
Hire HR specialists in people management, conflict resolution, cultural competency, and implementation of DEI work
Compensate employees for leading ERGs (Employee Resource Groups)
- Communicate results from DEI audit, commit to sustained action by the new CEO, and integrate results through visible leadership and a willingness to address and rectify an organizational culture that promotes White dominance.
- Commit to DEI integration in all segments of business and program operations, not just workplace culture.
Finalize hiring VP of DEI who will commit to integrating DEI into all operations including media and PR.
Commit to centering BIPOC communities we serve and involving people directly impacted into the planning, implementation, and evaluation of services and policies.
- A new, external, President and CEO hired by a diverse search committee, in close cooperation with staff (representing all levels and all departments), with demonstrated leadership in community-based non-profit work.
- Conduct an independent audit on youth and community programming and investigate possible financial malfeasance.
- Develop a philanthropy strategy that centralizes fundraising under one umbrella and is reflective of all youth and community programs and supports NYRR as a running community organization.
- Board chairs commit to monthly all-staff check-ins until the new president and CEO is hired and commit to future staff check-ins (without SLT’s).
- Hire an independent interim CEO to lead the organization until a permanent and external president and CEO is hired.
LETTERS FOR CHANGE
To the Board of Directors of New York Road Runners Inc., We are writing to thank you for your internal statement to staff on Friday, September 5, 2020. Like you, we are also committed to supporting our colleagues in making NYRR an organization that inspires confidence and trust. One that others can look up to. Continue reading “Our Response to Internal Board Email Sent to Staff”
Dear Colleagues, We, current and former employees, are writing to inform you that we sent a letter with demands to the NYRR Board of Directors calling for the immediate removal of Michael Capiraso as president and CEO of NYRR. Like you, we are deeply concerned about the direction in which he is driving New YorkContinue reading “Letter to Our Colleagues”
To the Board of Directors of New York Road Runners, Inc.: Financial Mismanagement and Suspected Malfeasance There has been a high proportion of staff layoffs/furloughs even with publicly known assets which includes securing a PPP loan and insurance from cancelled events. There have also been sizable donations NYRR has made during this time. In addition,Continue reading “Letter to the Board of Directors of New York Road Runners”