Jeremiah Program announced Chastity Lord as its next President and CEO. Lord is a dynamic leader who has dedicated her career to disrupting systems of inequity through a social justice lens.
Lord brings a unique blend of practitioner and national leadership experience to her new role. Currently Chief Operating Officer at Color Of Change, a national social justice organization, Lord will take the helm at Jeremiah Program in mid-September. Previously, she was Regional Vice President at The Posse Foundation, where she played a critical role in Posse doubling its national footprint and oversaw the program codification and fundraising of sites in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and DC.
“We are energized by this forward movement. After nearly a year of sustained progress on our strategic plan and an engaged search effort, we are excited that Chastity Lord will join us bringing the experience and attributes of a transformational leader that we were seeking.” – John Potter, Jeremiah Program Governing Board Chair
As a leader in two-generation programming aimed at disrupting generational poverty for single mothers and their children, Jeremiah allows Lord to continue dedicating her career to disrupting systems of inequity through a social justice lens.
“Jeremiah resonated with me on a deeply personal level, as a first-generation college graduate who grew up poor with a single mom and a lot of housing instability,” said Lord. “Education was the lever that disrupted my own family’s cycle of generational poverty.”
Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity – two generations at a time. Jeremiah prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance. Jeremiah Program began with a Minneapolis residential campus in 1998 and has expanded to seven sites in five states including nonresidential models.
Read more at Jeremiah Program’s website.