D.J. Grothe Leaves; Lauren Becker Promoted

December 9, 2009

D.J. Grothe, who for several years has been Vice President for Outreach at the Center for Inquiry (CFI), will be leaving CFI to become President of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) effective January 1, 2010. Lauren Becker, who has worked for the past three years in the Outreach Department as a field organizer and outreach coordinator, will succeed D.J. Grothe as Vice President for Outreach.

Although CFI is thrilled at the prospect of Lauren Becker assuming oversight of the Outreach Department, we are also deeply saddened by D.J. Grothe’s departure. D.J. has been with CFI for almost a decade and he has made significant contributions to the success of our organization. He is the uncommon individual who is equally conversant with both skepticism and humanism, as evidenced by his skilled hosting of the podcast and radio show Point of Inquiry.  

But perhaps there is a silver lining. CFI and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) have occasionally worked together with the JREF on various initiatives. We firmly believe both organizations would benefit from closer collaboration and we have high hopes that with a CFI alum at the helm, JREF will be open to joint projects in the future.

In the meantime, congratulations are in order to both D.J. and Lauren, and we sincerely hope that D.J. has much success in his new position.

CFI President and CEO    CSI Executive Director
Ronald A. Lindsay   Barry Karr