Cynthia D'Agosta, Filoli's executive director through the recent upheaval in volunteer ranks that saw hundreds leave their unpaid jobs at the historic estate rather than sign a controversial volunteer agreement, is no longer working for Filoli, volunteers learned on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 11, via an email.
The email from Filoli's governing board executive committee does not explain the departure, nor say if it was voluntary, but simply states: "Cynthia D'Agosta is no longer with Filoli."
The email says that Carolyn Daley, who heads the governing board's finance committee "will oversee Cynthia's direct reports" until an interim executive director is named.
The email says Filoli plans to "immediately retain" an interim executive director from a professional agency, and then search for a permanent replacement.
"During this transition period the Governing Board Executive Committee will provide continuing oversight of all Filoli operations and ongoing projects," the email reads.
Filoli closed to the public on Oct. 24 for its regular winter break, but will, in a little over two weeks, begin its annual Holiday Traditions program, which is a major fundraiser for the organization.
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