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Austin steps down as TACOLCY CEO

caines | 2/21/2013, 4:30 a.m.

The face of leadership at Liberty Citys Belafonte TACOLCY Center, Inc., has changed with the recent resignation of its longtime CEO, Alison Austin. She has been replaced by former board member Taj Brown, 34, who will serve as the interim CEO. In a statement released by the Center, it notes that during her seven-year tenure, Alison elevated our organizations notoriety and introduced new programs and community partners . . . she was instrumental to our continued success. Brown says that he expects to serve as the interim CEO for at least two months in order to guide the Center through this transition period. My colleagues on the board asked me to step down and serve as the interim CEO as we prepare to identify the next leader for the TACOLCY Center, he said. I dont expect that I will be in this position for long but in the meantime, I have an extensive track record for running non-profit organizations. TACOLCY is important to Miami particularly because of our youth and family services that we provide. I know the history of Liberty City thats why I was willing to become a board member two years ago. Brown added that he and the board are already putting together their requirements for the new CEO. They anticipate being prepared to initiate a full scale search for Austins permanent replacement in the coming months. He has agreed to speak with The Miami Times about his goals and the direction the Center hopes to take as soon as he gets the green light from the Board of Directors. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com