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Kaleem Caire resigns position at Urban League

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Kaleem Caire is stepping down as president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison.

Urban League's board of directors made the announcement Monday. Caire will stay on through March as the organization searches for a new leader.

Caire has been with Urban League for four years but says he wants to focus on new opportunities and his family.

“I have decided that now is the right time to move on,” Caire said in a statement. “We have accomplished many of the goals we set out to achieve when I became the leader of the Urban League, with the exception of our unsuccessful pursuit of the Madison Prep Charter School.  I have done my very best to hear and address the needs of disadvantaged, underrepresented children and families in our community. We have worked hard to create greater educational and employment opportunities for all. We have challenged the status quo that has held so many back. But now is the time to pass the baton to a new pace setter for the Urban League. And it’s time for me to focus on new opportunities, completion of my MBA and my family.”

Urban League's board says the organization has strengthened and grown under Caire's leadership, from serving 183 adults in 2009 to 1,731 in 2013.

In response to Caire's resignation, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi issued the following statement:
“As CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, Kaleem Caire was one of the key individuals who elevated the important community conversation about racial inequities in education and in the workplace. It was a pleasure to partner with Kaleem to create and implement solutions to help ensure everyone has an opportunity for success – from worker training and employment to initiatives that help stabilize families and lead to lifelong success in school for children. I offer Kaleem my deepest thanks for all that he has done to help strengthen families in our county. I wish him the very best in his future plans.”
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