Alice (in light blue jacket) marching with CEP's Steve Moody
and Nobel Laureate George Wald at the Washington peace
march on January 20, 1973, the day of Richard Nixon's second
inauguration. Photo by Leon S. Reed.
Her retirement as CEO will take effect at the end of 2015. The Board of Directors of SAI has expressed its appreciation for having a full year to select her successor.
Immediately after the announcement, emails and social media posts have arrived testifying to the power of her work with SAI and its predecessor organization, the Council on Economic Priorities, which she founded in 1969, 45 years ago.
In 1990 she won the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes described as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". She was also the first woman to be named to the Ashoka Global Academy.
We were married in 1971. I am posting below highlights from some of the public expressions of appreciation of her life's work.
Leon S. Reed
Leon S. Reed wrote Military Maneuvers (CEP, 1975), about the interchange between the Department of Defense and military contractors:
Alice, as your first full-time professional (if that's what I was) employee, I wanted to thank you for giving me a great start on my career as well as the skills and values I needed to carry that career on.Your legacy will include not just the great work you have done personally, but also the dozens, probably hundreds of young people you inspired.Craig Murphy, Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College:
Alice, Wow. What an important transition. You and Eileen have done so much to advance the most important human values to the global level. It will be a very hard to fill those shoes.Ann Medlock, Founder of the Giraffe Heroes Project:
Memo to the Search Committee: Finding the right person to succeed someone who's given her entire adult life to changing things for the better--that's a tricky business. If you choose someone who is merely a competent and experienced executive, without the passion, devotion and determination of Alice Tepper Marlin, the life-force will go out of SAI. Thus speaks this octogenarian who's watched Alice work since the 1960s!Sridhar Rajagopal, CSR Consultant in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Dear Alice, what a humongous contribution yours has been. Mind blowing passion and commitment to make a difference. Hats off to you. I am sure you will continue to add value to the society in a different role.