June 26th, 2014

Media Contact: Laura Fudala, NCHH, 443.539.4167, lfudala@nchh.org

Prestigious Program Offers Leaders High-Level Coaching and Tools to Advance Organization’s Performance and Capacity

COLUMBIA, MD (June 26, 2014) — NeighborWorks America and the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) are proud to announce that Rebecca Morley, NCHH’s Executive Director, is one of 50 leaders selected for the NeighborWorks® Achieving Excellence Program, conducted in collaboration with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

The NeighborWorks® Achieving Excellence Program is an 18-month educational program for senior leaders in organizations working to benefit their communities. At the beginning of the program, each participant selects a specific and significant challenge facing their organization for which solutions will not only dramatically change how their organizations do business but also enable them to make lasting change in their communities. By the end of the course, each organization can expect to have achieved measurable successes to address that challenge.

“I am thrilled to join the other leaders participating in this highly regarded program and look forward to bringing back the education and learning from my peers to NCHH so that we can be an even higher-performing organization,” said Ms. Morley.

The only comprehensive, intensive training of its kind, Achieving Excellence includes three formal sessions at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as executive coaching, intensive peer learning, and guidance from author and consultant Douglas K. Smith. The first session at Harvard University will take place in October 2014, with additional sessions planned for February and October 2015, and with a final session and graduation in February 2016. Between academic sessions, participants will be actively working on the challenge critical to their organization’s success and will be working closely with their executive coach and peer group.

“The Achieving Excellence Program equips leaders to increase the community impact of the work they do,” explained Chuck Wehrwein, acting President and Chief Executive Officer of NeighborWorks America. “It goes way beyond the typical training course to focus intensively on systemic, long-term change.”

Achieving Excellence has graduated almost 300 executive directors, CEOs, and other senior leaders since the program began in 2002, with astounding results from each class. Independent evaluations have shown tremendous results for organizations that have participated in this program. In just one recent class alone, achievements by Achieving Excellence graduates included the following:

  • Total clients served increased by 146%.
  • Average total assets increased by 23%; average increase attributed to their participation in Achieving Excellence was $6,860,507 per organization with $96,047,109 cumulatively.
  • More than $12.3 million new income generated by 23 organizations, more than $5.5 million of which was generated through operations (fees for service, et cetera).
  • Number of successful homeowners created increased by 15%.
  • Approximately 2,500 new affordable rental units developed, managed, or acquired by 18 organizations.
  • 89,100 square feet of new commercial space created by seven organizations.


About the National Center for Healthy Housing
The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) is the preeminent national nonprofit dedicated to creating safe and healthy housing for America’s families. Our research provides the scientific basis for federal, state, and local policies and programs. NCHH has trained nearly 45,000 individuals in healthy housing practices since 2005. Our advocacy efforts ensure that health is considered in housing policy and that housing is valued as a determinant of health. Through partnerships, we can reduce health disparities in low-income communities and communities of color. Learn more about NCHH at www.nchh.org, @nchh, Facebook.com/HealthyHousing, and http://vimeo.com/59202134.

About NeighborWorks America
NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development, financial capability, and affordable housing professionals.

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