Pass It Along Announces New Executive Director

Pass It Along has named Tracey Burnett as its new Executive Director effective September 8, 2020. Tracey comes to Pass It Along with extensive experience in nonprofit youth programs, including Make-A-Wish New Jersey, three different affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan and Tuesday’s Children.

In the complex COVID-19 operating environment, Pass It Along is continuing to serve the needs of our schools and communities by providing its social-emotional learning programs and teen leadership opportunities with whatever approach is required, whether virtually or in person.

Ms. Burnett replaces retiring Co-Executive Director Kurt Walton and relocating Co-Executive Director Kathy Rathbone, who have led Pass it Along through many successful initiatives resulting in deeper involvement with middle schools and high schools, expanded grants, broadened donor support and growth of Pass It Along’s Service Corps. Pass it Along gives their appreciation to both Kurt and Kathy, with best wishes for their next chapter.

In making this announcement, Diane Taylor, the organization’s founder and current Chair of the Board, shared her enthusiasm for Ms. Burnett’s arrival: “Pass It Along is super excited to welcome Tracey as our new Executive Director! With countless years of service in the not-for-profit sector, Tracey brings a wealth of experience to the organization. Her expertise, her leadership and, above all, her heart will guide Pass It Along extraordinarily well. She is forward thinking, passionate and extremely hard working. Her innovative approach to programming and out-of-the-box thinking will add such great value, especially in these times of such uncertainty. Our amazing team, led by Tracey, will continue to lead the way in youth development and social -emotional wellness.”

Tracey expressed her own similar enthusiasm for her new position: “It is an absolute honor and privilege to be named the next Executive Director of Pass It Along. I look forward to continuing the great work the entire Pass It Along team has accomplished to date to help build confident, compassionate, and resilient teenagers. In my humble opinion there are few things more important than making a difference in someone’s life. Pass It Along is doing just that and so much more to help the teens of Sussex, Warren and Morris County. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible organization. I am confident that with the support of our community, corporate and community-based partnerships that we can continue to thrive during these challenging times, showing our teens first-hand the benefits of resilience. I have been fortunate to have worked with youth throughout my career and the opportunity to lead Pass It Along into the future is an absolute dream come true.”


Pass It Along is a nonprofit organization committed to helping teenagers become confident, resilient and compassionate individuals through volunteerism, leadership and self-discovery. The youth-led organization offers service learning as a part of each volunteer experience, providing leadership opportunities and self-discovery programs.

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