ED to Step Down; New Senior-Level Positions Created, Filled
February 20, 2022 — Resilient Coders executive director stepping down. Project Bread Names first vice president of engagement. FamilyAid appoints inaugural vice president of programs.
Resilient Coders Executive Director Stepping Down
David Delmar, executive director and founder of Resilient Coders (RC), a Cambridge nonprofit that trains people of color for high growth careers as software engineers, is planning to leave the organization he started in 2014 later this year, the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) reported last week.
"I realized that it was time," Delmar told the BBJ. “What this organization needs now is an executive director who can join this incredible team in turning RC into an even better version of itself."
RC pays selected students of color to attend its coding classes in preparation for careers as software engineers. The final goal is what Delmar calls "equitable access to the tech economy," which he believes doesn't require four-year degrees.
Delmar told the BBJ he plans to stay involved with Resilient Coders through the end of the year or until his successor is named. A search for Delmar's successor is slated to start immediately.
Project Bread Names First Vice President of Engagement
Project Bread, a Boston-based nonprofit which is the only statewide anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, last week announced it appointed Catalina López-Ospina to the newly created position of vice president of engagement.
In her new position, López-Ospina will work to ensure that Project Bread “actively engages and prioritizes the voices of the communities served” to develop strategies to address food insecurity.
“Catalina has consistently been a force for good in our community,” said Erin McAleer, CEO of Project Bread. “Her dedication to ending hunger through listening to and learning from those directly impacted by it has long inspired us. We are so excited she has joined Project Bread to formalize and expand our community engagement, as we work to ensure everyone throughout the Commonwealth has reliable access to healthy food.”
López-Ospina previously worked at the Boston Public Health Commission’s Serving Our Selves Farm and Homeless Services Bureau and served as director of the Mayor’s Office of Food Access in 2016. During her tenure, she worked to increase awareness and participation in nutrition assistance programs and launched the Boston Food Access Council, which includes Project Bread.
FamilyAid Appoints Inaugural Vice President of Programs
FamilyAid, a Boston-based nonprofit that works to reduce homelessness in the region, recently announced it appointed Carla Richards as its first vice president of programs to “lead the agency’s deepening services to more than 3,000 homeless children and parents, and direct innovations to its anti-poverty programming.”
“Carla is a tenacious leader with years of experience advocating for those in need,” says FamilyAid President Larry Seamans.
Richards most recently served as director of planning at Action for Boston Community Development, one of Boston’s largest human service organizations. Over the past two decades, she has held key posts within Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston, notably as inaugural transition manager for the City’s Empowerment Zone initiative.
A former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow, Richards holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the City University of New at Brooklyn College, a master’s degree in public policy studies from The University of Chicago, and national certification as a Results Oriented Management & Accountability Implementer.
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