For Jeanne DuBois, the end came after 20 years. For Ray Considine, it will be more than 25. Al Bashevkin, almost 30. And Jerry McCarthy will retire from his organization’s top job after nearly four decades.
All of them are longtime leaders of local nonprofits, members of a generation who came of age in the tumultuous 1960s and ’70s, channeled their idealism and political activism into socially conscious careers, and are now stepping down.
They are part of a looming wave affecting organizations of all sizes across the country: the expected exit of large numbers of veteran nonprofit executives, many of them baby boomers who shaped the charitable sector and whose departures create the risk of a widespread leadership vacuum.