New Executive Director Reesheda Washington

Communities First Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Reesheda N. Washington as Executive Director. As Executive Director of The Communities First Association, Washington will direct a professional network of asset-based neighborhood developers, coaches and trainers working in over 300 neighborhoods located in more than 30 different cities in the United States (including New York, Richmond, Orlando, Memphis, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Portland).

Previous to this appointment, Reesheda N. Washington served as a teacher, principal, and educational leader with American Quality Schools and Chicago Public Schools.  She was the Founding Principal of the Plato Learning Academy in Chicago.  Most recently, Reesheda led Covenant Kids Congo (a joint project of World Vision and the Evangelical Covenant Church).

Wendy Hammond of World Renew and Chair of the CFA Board of Directors is looking “forward to CFA continuing to grow its impact on the church and community under Reesheda’s leadership.”

Jay Van Groningen, CFA’s Founding Director and now Director of Membership and Learning says, “I prayed earnestly for three years that God would direct us to a new CFA Executive Director. God has answered those prayers with a qualified, gifted, servant-leader.  Now, with enthusiasm and great joy, I eagerly anticipate what it is to come with Reesheda Washington as the new CFA Executive Director.”

Washington will begin as Executive Director of the Communities First Association on March 3rd.

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