Executive Director's Update
If there is one word I would use to best describe the work of the ATFL in 2016, it’s engagement. This year, we have worked to make the ATFL’s engagement broader and deeper.
Since April alone, our engagement with Congress, the Executive branch, prestigious U.S. think tanks and the DC diplomatic corps has grown tremendously. Nationally, we are connecting with major Lebanese-American communities. Internationally, we are interacting with the political and business communities in Lebanon, including an upcoming business-investor trip this November.
Additionally, our social media presence has exploded, increasing ten-fold since January. And since June alone, ATFL’s Facebook page has received an additional 1,500 new “likes,” reaching nearly 3,000!
We could not accomplish our national dialogue without the help and support of our fully engaged board members, who continue to support our efforts by hosting regional ATFL events in their home cities. We’re grateful to ATFL Vice Chairman Nijad Fares for hosting the first event, a very successful forum in Houston, and to ATFL Board Member Ghassan Saab and new ATFL Member Salim Sessine for hosting our second regional event in Michigan. We also having upcoming events planned for New York (September) and, thanks to our Executive Committee member and Treasurer Mike Ahmar, we will also host a briefing in California this October.
Our recruitment committee has been very busy and we are thrilled to welcome 10 phenomenal new members to the ATFL! Special thanks to our Board and members for their excellent recommendations.
Finally, we’re proud to have a working plan in place to start 2017 in a stronger financial position and will be contacting all board members to ensure that we end 2016 in a similarly successful manner.
Thanks for taking a moment to read this short brief on all of the great things happening at the ATFL.