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PEC Announces Interim CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact:  Trish Downey, PEC

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Philadelphia, PA – September 5, 2014After four years of service and dedication to People’s Emergency Center (PEC), Farah Jimenez has decided to step down as President and CEO, PEC announced last month.  PEC nurtures families, strengthens neighborhoods, and drives change. The agency is located in West Philadelphia.

The PEC Board has appointed Kathy Desmond as Interim CEO effective immediately.  Kathy has served as PEC Chief Program Officer for the past eighteen months.  She is well qualified to assume this interim role, as she was the CEO of the non-profit organization Best Nest for 14 years prior to joining PEC.

The PEC Board will also create a search committee and immediately begin the process to identify PEC’s future leader.  In its residential programs, PEC primarily serves families experiencing homelessness consisting of women and their children. PEC's main community development service area encompasses the neighborhoods of Saunders Park, West Powelton, Belmont, Mantua, and Mill Creek.  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. Over the past 22 years, we have raised nearly $60 million to help revitalize the Belmont, Mantua, Mill Creek, Saunders Park, and West Powelton neighborhoods.

Jimenez became President and CEO in 2010, after leading Mt. Airy USA for 13 years.  Her life-long career in the field of community development has included stints in housing policy and advocacy, public and Indian housing, and community development consulting.

About PEC: The People’s Emergency Center’s mission is to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and drive change in West Philadelphia. Through a community of more than 240 housing units and five educational centers offering job training, parenting and early childhood education, financial education and planning, lifeskills and technology coursework, PEC seeks to change the life trajectory for the women and children who seek its services and inspire them to aspire to new heights.  PEC community development programs respond to community needs and build on neighborhood assets to help bridge the digital divide, expand mixed-income housing opportunities, stimulate economic growth, create wealth, and improve the quality of life for all West Philadelphia residents. Visit




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