Philadelphia, PA – May 1, 2015
The PEC Board of Directors has appointed Kathy Desmond as President of the organization, effective July 1, 2015. She served as Interim President and CEO since September of 2014, and her previous role at PEC was Chief Program Officer. Kathy has more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector and was the CEO of the non-profit organization Best Nest for 14 years prior to joining PEC. One of her first actions as President will be to lead a strategic planning process for the organization.
Kathy holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University, School of Social Administration. She has been an active member of the Philadelphia area community, serving on boards and committees throughout the region. Kathy is currently a trustee at the Hyacinth Foundation, an AIDS service organization. She has been recognized for her child welfare work by Temple’s School of Social Administration with its “Excellence in Leadership Award.”
In its residential programs, PEC primarily serves families experiencing homelessness consisting of women and their children. Kathy’s years of experience in the child welfare arena give her a distinctive insight into the needs of families and their connections to community.
PEC's main community development service area encompasses the neighborhoods of Belmont, Mantua, Mill Creek, Saunders Park and West Powelton. PEC forms partnerships for strengthening neighborhoods with community members and organizations, individual donors, foundations, and government agencies. Over the past 22 years, they have raised nearly $60 million to help revitalize these Lower Lancaster Avenue neighborhoods. PEC’s policy and research initiatives serve to improve the lives of families and youth experiencing homelessness across the State of Pennsylvania.