Way Finders Names Keith Fairey as Next President and CEO
June 11, 2020 — Way Finders, a Springfield nonprofit that fights homelessness by providing a range of affordable housing services throughout western Massachusetts, on Tuesday announced that Keith Fairey was named president and chief executive officer.
Fairey succeeds Peter Gagliardi, who will retire at the end of June after nearly 30 years of service with Way Finders.
Board member LeeAnn Pasquini, who led the search for Gagliardi's successor, said of Fairey: "His expertise in the affordable housing sector, his demonstrated ability to collaborate with federal, state, and local partners, and his strong business and fundraising acumen make him well-suited to lead Way Finders into the future.
“At the same time, we want to celebrate Peter Gagliardi’s tenure and his legacy of building collaboration, and in playing such a vital role in building strong, inclusive communities."
Fairey most recently served as senior vice president at Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit based in Maryland that brings leaders in policy and investment together to advance local affordable housing development, where he led the management, oversight, and strategic guidance of Enterprise’s 11 regional market teams across the United States.
Fairey has extensive experience in community development and real estate finance, organizational development, and strategic planning.
Prior to joining Enterprise, Keith was chief operating officer of the Mount Hope Housing Company in the Bronx. He has also served as the assistant director of Community Pride, the community building program of the Harlem Children’s Zone.
“I am thrilled to be joining Way Finders as its next president and CEO," Fairey said. "I am also extremely grateful to Peter Gagliardi for his tireless, compassionate, and transformative leadership in the region and Commonwealth.
"I look forward to working with the exceptional staff and committed board on furthering the organization’s mission of lighting pathways and opening doors to homes and communities where people thrive. I believe our programs and services that support housing stability, economic security, and upward mobility are critical during this time of crisis and will be essential to an equitable recovery for our clients and communities."
Fairey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Public Administration degree in public finance and financial management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Since Gagliardi assumed leadership in 1991, Way Finders undertook the restoration and development of more than 1,000 units of affordable housing, became a chartered member of NeighborWorks America in 2008, and most recently, constructed a new Housing Center in downtown Springfield.
Way Finders, founded under the name of HAPHousing, adopted its current name in 2017. Today, Way Finders provides housing counseling, financial education, employment training, affordable housing development and management, rental assistance, homelessness prevention, neighborhood revitalization, and community building services.