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As the largest city ICF chapter in the world, our ICF Metro DC Chapter has the capacity and even a responsibility to lead the way in advancing the art, science, and practice of the coaching profession.

During these unprecedented times, we must build on what we know and meet the new challenges we face. To that end, ICF Metro DC must evolve to create value for members. This includes strategic professional development, creative network opportunities, and robust working committees in all functional areas of the Board.

The ICF Metro DC Chapter Board has been reorganizing with a focus on the future. Going forward we plan to make decisions that are grounded in member recommendations, apply strategic thinking using the latest research and trends, and create a stronger pipeline for future board members.

The best of times – the worst of times


This has been undeniably an unusual year and a time for experimenting as we seek to adapt. We’ve already made short term adjustments with virtual Coaches Coffees and an outstanding slate of International Coaching Week programming.

Is everything perfect? It never is – but I invite you to join us on this journey as we restructure ourselves to be an organization that better supports your needs.

I hope that you will get in touch with me at and contribute. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts, and ask you to consider what ICF Metro DC should look like in the year 2025.

As I look to the next year’s transition under President Elect Marlene Thomas, I also look back on past Presidents, whom I’ve learned from and admired during my five years of board service:

Freddi Donner, Todd Dallanegra, Kori Diehl, Brooke Carpenter, and our current Past President Jim Sims. You have given me a great appreciation for what it means to lead this organization. 

Let’s all continue to roll up our sleeves and equip our fine ICF Metro DC Chapter.

My highest regards,
Gary Crane