Welcome Incoming FS President Adam Manley
Incoming FS Board of Trustees President Adam Manly talks about stepping into the role as Board President and his plans to help the Society expand the membership, flourish, and become a more diverse and inclusive organization.
It is with great pride, and excitement that I step into the role of Furniture Society Board President in this most unusual of summers. I am a relatively new board member but have seen in the past two years that this is an organization poised to take big steps forward. I have worked closely with Executive Director, Monica Hampton, and outgoing president, Bart Niswonger, and truly appreciate all the work he has done at the helm over the last two years, as well as his willingness to continue to work with us as we wrap up some important projects. His expertise and level head have brought us through so much and we are stronger and more flexible as a result. I find great satisfaction and camaraderie in working with Executive Director, Monica Hampton, and the rest of the board and membership, and can see that I am stepping into this role with the most capable and talented of partners. Together with Monica, incoming vice president, Karen Ernst, and the board, I hope to adapt and grow in this moment of uncertainty and upheaval. Our organization and our membership are ready to do what is needed to be the change that we want to see in our field: to spearhead meaningful programming and become a guidepost for the role of membership organizations in a changing world. We are excited to expand beyond what we have known in the past — becoming more accessible, accepting, and inclusive. This means embracing our longstanding loyal members while opening our arms to new groups who will represent our exciting future. We look forward to taking our skills in design, making, curation, etc, to people who need them.
I believe in the power of craft to restore and empower people. I am a teacher and a maker, and I see the two as intrinsically intertwined. The Furniture Society represents a wonderful and growing galaxy of people and practices, and we want to share those with the world. I am overjoyed to be stepping into this new (and intimidating) role, because I believe that this organization and that galaxy have the potential to make real change in people’s lives, both within and outside of our membership. I love this group of people, and I want to see it expand to represent the world that we see around us. I know that we can do this, and I look forward to working with all of you.