Christina Miller, who cofounded nonprofit Ethical Metalsmiths and has led it since its inception in 2004, is stepping down as executive director on July 1.
“It is a really positive time for the organization,” Miller tells JCK. “When the time is right, you have to step aside and let others lead. A new leader could do a lot to advance the organization in the next decade.”
Peter Calvert, the group’s current development director, will serve as interim executive director. He has been with the group for two and a half years.
A personnel committee will explore the options for a permanent executive director.
The College Corner, Ohio–based nonprofit works for sustainable mining and jewelry products and has been an enthusiastic proponent of Fair Mined gold. Miller will remain chair of the advisory council and serve as a member of the ethical sourcing and education committees.
“I want to stay involved in the ethical jewelry movement, but I don’t have any announcements right now,” Miller adds.
Miller and cofounder Susan Kingsley led the group until 2011, when Miller became sole director and then executive director.
The group’s board of directors has also been expanded to include Anna Bario of Bario Neal; Jorge Arrieta of Niccolo Bella; and Lisa Linhardt of Linhardt Design.