916 Ink | Announcing our new Executive Director

Ian brings 13 years of non-profit experience, including exceptional work in program development, impact evaluation, grant writing, and personnel management. “We are ecstatic to have Ian assuming the helm.  His talents are tailor-made for guiding 916 Ink in its next growth phase” said Board President Daniel Kaufman.


Before joining 916 Ink, Hadley served as Senior Program Manager at the Child Abuse Prevention Center. In this position he oversaw five statewide programs, representing millions of dollars in federal grants and staffed by over two hundred Americorps members. Hadley’s peers and external partners have lauded his record of building and maintaining strong relationships as well as consistently delivering results. “Ian has built a reputation for quality work that all of us came to rely on and appreciate” commented Stephanie Biegler, Chief Program Officer at Child Abuse Prevention Center.

“Ian has the right mix of talent and personality to pick up the pen and help 916 Ink write its next chapter; I can’t wait to see the results” said Founding Executive Director, Katie McCleary, who was forced to step down unexpectedly in September due to issues with her health. Our board of directors stepped in rapidly to execute a thorough executive search process using best practices from the business community. In multiple rounds of interviews, Ian’s personal connection to 916 Ink’s mission and his extensive nonprofit skillset made him a clear finalist.

Throughout an exceptionally difficult childhood, Ian turned to writing and literature to help him continue moving forward and to keep him inspired to overcome any adversity he faced. “916 Ink allows children to find the space to express themselves and gives them a connection to the aspiration and hope that comes from the power of great stories. The board and staff of 916 INK are some of the most dedicated and passionate people I have ever met and I am incredibly excited about this opportunity. It is an honor to join the team!” said Hadley, who will begin his duties on January 2nd.

After five years serving some of the most marginalized and at-risk youth in the region, 916 Ink continues to set new records for the number of students we publish and the amount of programs provided each year. With the help of our community and especially the generous individual donors and foundations who have made so much of our work possible, 2018 has the possibility to be our strongest year to date. Without a doubt the loss of Katie McCleary was a powerful blow, but it is a testament to the organization’s strength, and to the hard work of our dedicated staff and board of directors that we are able to bring in such a capable and reputable executive director.

We can not go without mentioning our gratitude to all of our partners and funders for their unwavering support. We owe special thanks to the Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation, as well as both the Cannady-Ford Family Fund and the Margaret Deterding Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, who have been three of our strongest supporters and without whom we could never have come this far. Our impact is also amplified tremendously by the generosity of Golden 1 Credit Union, whose investment in literacy efforts in the Sacramento region is truly incredible. Lastly, the vast majority of 916 Ink's annual budget is pieced together from a remarkably long list of individuals, groups, community organizations, schools, and districts who combine to make the magic of 916 Ink's method available to so many children. We cannot thank you all enough and we are working tirelessly to create priceless returns on the investment you have made in our organization.