Filoli's Cynthia D'Agosta addresses volunteer agreement issue

Executive director sits down for an interview and offers a statement

Filoli's beleaguered executive director, Cynthia D'Agosta, has released a statement in which she apologizes to volunteers for how the divisive volunteer agreement was presented.

"As executive director of Filoli, I will be the first to admit that we could have done a better job in laying the groundwork for the introduction of the volunteer agreement last December, and for that I apologize to those volunteers who saw this as somehow demeaning their work or their contributions to Filoli," she wrote.

In the statement D'Agosta characterizes those who gave up their volunteer jobs rather than sign the new agreement as "a small but vocal group."

"But even when our board agreed to drop the provision that was the most divisive -- a liability waiver similar to those used by countless other organizations to reduce the risk of frivolous litigation -- a small but vocal group of advocates has continued to insist that the very introduction of a volunteer agreement is an insult to the volunteer corps," she writes.

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2 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Yeas, it is insult for it assumes that we are all cheaters.

5 people like this
Posted by Filoli member
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

The woman has become toxic to Filoli and the volunteers and even Filoli guests. She has poisoned the atmosphere. She needs to step down. The bad feelings she has fostered cannot be repaired. Her apology is only an attempt to save her job.

6 people like this
Posted by Filoli Member
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

I resent that part of my membership dues have been spent on her hiring a crisis management company to try and save her job. Her backhanded, offensive apology illustrates how tone deaf she is and what a poor fit she is for the Filoli directorship.

2 people like this
Posted by marahfab
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 30, 2015 at 8:37 pm

marahfab is a registered user.

The volunteer agreement is supported by not only the current Friends of Filoli board, whose members include several past FoF presidents, plus the governing board and, if I'm not mistaken, the board of the National Trust.

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Posted by Volunteer
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 1, 2015 at 5:09 pm

It is sad that the Governing Board of Filoli fully supports the offensive content and imposition of an "agreement" with the volunteers, and it is even worse that the volunteers' own leaders have been supporting the position of the Governing Board. Now the Board has engaged a mediation group to hold weekly discussions with groups of 24 volunteers, and these discussions are nothing but a smoke screen. It is interesting that Toni, the President of the Governing Board at Filoli was recently also the President of the Board of the same mediation group (Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center) -- check out the site at the Internet to reveal more facts about it.

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