Community Action hires new executive director
Hillsboro-based nonprofit organization Community Action is promoting from within to succeed departing executive director RenÉe Bruce.
The nonprofit, which provides programs and services for people living in poverty throughout Washington County, announced Wednesday, Sept. 18, that Kemp Shuey will be its new executive director.
Shuey has been serving as director of resource development at Community Action for about four and a half years. He will assume his new role leading the organization's staff and volunteers on Oct. 14.
"Community Action changes lives, and in the process, we make our community a place where everyone has an opportunity to thrive," Shuey said in a statement. "Our work is important, and our organization is needed. I feel a strong kinship with people who work at Community Action because they share the same commitment to service that I do. The opportunity to lead the organization is a tremendous privilege that I'm both excited for and humbled by."
Shuey was selected by the board of directors after what Community Action described as "a rigorous and thorough executive search."
"The board feels that Kemp's extensive knowledge of nonprofit organization systems and his management of diverse stakeholder relationships makes him the type of leader Community Action needs as it moves forward," stated Nancy Ford, Community Action board chair.
Shuey previously worked for Make-A-Wish Oregon. In sum, he has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, according to Community Action.
In a statement, Bruce said of Shuey, "I know he has the thoughtfulness, vision, and passion to carry the work forward. I believe in his ability to steward our culture and challenge the organization to continue finding ways to grow and improve."
Bruce herself will stay on until Nov. 1 to help with the transition, Community Action said.
She has been executive director for about four years, out of 29 years in total with Community Action.
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