Our New Executive Director Steps into the Job
On October 1, Michael Buonocore became Home Forward's executive director, replacing Steve Rudman who early this year announced his retirement from the agency. The board of commissioners selected Michael, who had been the agency's deputy executive director since 2012, after a national search.
Following is a message from Michael:
Those of you who know me know that I’m an awful lot like Steve Rudman, our former executive director, and nothing like him at the same time. We part ways on fashion sense, the introvert / extrovert scale, and interest in sports. We both love to laugh at ourselves, and we know the value of surrounding ourselves with smart, driven people.
Most important, we share a passion for this work. As we prepare to say so long to Steve after 13 years at the helm of Home Forward, I am already eager to see what's next for him. First, a well-deserved break and some traveling. After that, I know I'm one of many who hopes to welcome him back into the good fight for affordable housing and a better community for all. Rest up, pal.
Meanwhile, I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be in my early days as the new executive director of Home Forward. If you’d like a sense of where I want to lead us, I’m proud to point you to where we’ve been: you can read our first report to the community on our strategic operations plan here. We’re just getting started.
A key dimension of this plan is our role in the community’s efforts to end homelessness. We’re proud to link arms with our jurisdictional and service partners to coordinate our resources better, to create goals we all focus on, and to advocate for the funding needed to end homelessness again. The desperate situation we see on the streets today hasn’t always existed in this country, and it doesn’t have to continue. We can do better, and we will.
Thank you for all of your support in this transition. The board, staff and I are energized and hopeful for the future, and we look forward to shaping it with you. Roll up your sleeves with us, and let’s get started.
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