On behalf of The Food Project’s Board of Trustees, I am writing to share exciting news. We are delighted to inform you that after an exhaustive nine-month nationwide search we have selected Selvin Chambers as The Food Project’s new executive director. Selvin will officially join us on June 1, 2012.
We received an overwhelming response to the job opening and feel fortunate to have had such a rich pool of applicants. We are confident that Selvin’s experience, knowledge, and integrity are a great match for the work, staff, and friends of The Food Project, and together with the youth we will continue to advance our mission in our local communities and spread the vision of a sustainable food system for all.
Selvin is a visionary leader who brings to The Food Project deep experience in civic engagement, youth development, and family services, and has received numerous commendations for his community involvement. During his recent four-year tenure as executive director of the Elizabeth Peabody House in Somerville, Mass., Selvin worked with his Board of Directors to establish a management and organizational structure with a clear governance protocol, steward important fundraising relationships, build strong corporate and community partnerships, create a much-needed food pantry, strengthen programs, and balance community need with strategic growth and resources.
A native of Cambridge, Mass., Selvin’s career has spanned the nonprofit and government sectors. He has served in various capacities at City Year programs around the country, as well as headed up youth and family services departments for the cities of Boston and Cambridge. He holds a degree in sociology from Fitchburg State University, is a graduate of the Initiative on Diversity in Civic Leadership program of Suffolk University, and holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Boston University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Selvin is honored to have been selected and is eager to get started at The Food Project, learning about our various programs and community initiatives and meeting the many people who help make our work so meaningful. As we enter the busy summer growing season, he will have an excellent opportunity to see our mission come alive as the youth work in our fields to grow food sustainably and in neighborhoods to get this food – and our vital message – to all members of the communities we serve.
I hope you will join with The Food Project's staff and Board of Trustees in welcoming Selvin to our organization. We look forward to introducing him to each one of you over the coming months as we celebrate The Food Project’s 20th year of growing together. If you have any questions or comments about this announcement, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eugene B. Benson
Chair, Board of Trustees