June 18, 2019
Human Service Forum Appoints Rebecca Coolong as Exec. Dir.

Rebecca Coolong
June 14, 2017 — Human Service Forum, a nonprofit membership organization based in Holyoke that seeks to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley, recently announced that Rebecca Coolong has been appointed executive director.

She succeeds Kathleen Dowd, who stepped down after serving 11 years with the Human Service Forum (HSF) to pursue other interests.

Commenting on Coolong's appointment, Denise Cogman, HSF board president, said, "Becca was selected as a part of a thorough search process that produced a number of highly qualified candidates. We are looking forward to seeing how she will use her experience creating community partnerships, implementing programs, and managing contracts and budgets to help carry on HSF's excellent work."

Coolong said, "I look forward to using this opportunity to create stronger community connections and building strong foundations for our human service organizations to continue their amazing work through access to programing and networking."

Before joining HSF, Coolong spent 11 years at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, most recently serving as director of youth and family services. She started her career in arts management as associate general manager of Hartford Stage Company and director of On Location Education.

Coolong earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College.

HSF was founded in 1986 as an association of nonprofit and public agencies, as well as individuals providing human services in the Pioneer Valley. HSF was envisioned by its founders to be a vehicle for communicating the contributions of human services to the quality of life in Pioneer Valley communities and for members to network, address problems of mutual concern, and discuss major trends and changes impacting human services.

Today HSF membership includes 135 organizations and individuals with collective budgets of approximately $400 million, employing more than 16,000 people. Public officials and the media recognize HSF as an authoritative and effective voice for the human service community.

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