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IH Executive Director, Ambassador Martin Brennan to Retire in 2012

I-House opens an international search for its fifth Executive Director in over 80 years as Ambassador Martin Brennan announces he will step down from the Executive Director role in July 2012 to pursue diplomacy, writing and academic pursuits.

Ambassador Martin Brennan, center, pictured with residents from I-House, has launched new intercultural courses and trainings as Executive Director. He recently announced his retirement in June, 2012.

Martin Brennan with Resident Council"It is such an honor to serve the global community that is I-House," says Brennan, who will have completed five years of service before his departure next year. "While my wife Giovanna and I are called to resume overseas humanitarian commitments, I plan to emulate the inspiring example of my predecessors Joe Lurie and Sherry Warrick and remain an active member of the global family that is I-House. I have confidence a new Executive Director with his or her unique vision and talent will continue I-House's remarkable accomplishments and initiatives."

Noteworthy new initiatives launched by Martin include a four-unit UC Berkeley course designed and taught at I-House annually since 2009, entitled "Navigating Cultures." Related trainings have since debuted serving residents, employees of UC Berkeley, and the corporate sector. Read Extending I-House Mission to the Corporate World