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NeighborWorks America Appoints New President and CEO

Washington, D.C.- headquartered national, nonpartisan nonprofit, NeighborWorks America, recently announced the appointment of Marietta Rodriguez, as President and CEO of NeighborWorks America. Jeffrey Bryson, who served as interim President and CEO for the nonprofit since September 2017, will remain on board until August 17, according to a statement by NeighborWorks America. Bryson, who previously served as NeighborWorks America’s general counsel and corporate secretary, has been with the nonprofit for 31 years and plans to retire after the transition.

Rodriguez has been with NeighborWorks for 20 years and most recently, she worked as interim SVP for national initiatives, where she managed a national down payment assistance program totaling more than $300 million to support over 17,000 new homebuyers since 2012. Additionally, she created an innovative business practice, enabling NeighborWorks organizations to operate their homeownership programs sustainably. Participating member organizations increased homeowners by 64 percent while decreasing service delivery costs 43 percent, and increasing revenue by 101 percent more than their own baseline.

“NeighborWorks America is pleased to welcome Marietta into her new role,” said Grovetta Gardineer, Chair of the NeighborWorks America's Board of Directors and Senior Deputy Comptroller for Compliance and Community Affairs at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. “Marietta brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to the position, with a proven record of leadership and accomplishment, and I look forward to working with her in this new role.”

Rodriguez, who will begin her new position on August 13,  raised more than $10 million to develop and distribute a multimedia foreclosure prevention campaign in conjunction with the Ad Council, resulting in more than $89 million in donated media placements, during her tenure at NeighborWorks America. She also developed and managed a multi-year Loan Scam Alert Campaign, resulting in more than $22 million in donated media placements.  Rodriguez has also formed and managed a coalition of federal enforcement agencies, nonprofits, and local governments focused on sharing critical information on mortgage scam tactics and community impact.

“I am honored to lead NeighborWorks America into its next phase of serving the people and communities who need it most,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a privilege to work with the top-notch housing and community development professionals at NeighborWorks America, and the results-oriented network of nonprofits it supports. Together we can empower more individuals, create more opportunities and transform more communities.”

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.
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