Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) January 10, 2012
Common Impact, a nonprofit organization that engages global companies and local nonprofits in skills-based volunteering partnerships, announced today that Selena Schmidt has joined the organization as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the organization through its next phase of growth. Schmidt will take over from Founder Theresa M. Ellis, who has been CEO since Common Impact’s inception in 2000. Ellis will continue in an advisory capacity to Schmidt.
Schmidt joins Common Impact at a time of significant opportunity. Over the past 11 years, Common Impact has played a leadership role in creating the skill-based volunteerism field and has engaged more than 20 corporate partners across the United States who, together with their employees, have delivered innovative, high-impact solutions to over 300 nonprofits. Increasingly, companies have called on Common Impact to help them design, develop and implement all aspects of their skills-based volunteering programs. In particular, Common Impact has become well known for building reciprocal value for both companies and nonprofits, so that all parties benefit significantly from their engagements together. With such deep experience, Common Impact is poised to scale its impact, while helping to shape this market as it continues to mature and evolve.
“Under Theresa’s leadership, Common Impact has evolved and grown into a distinguished organization that reflects her and the Board’s initial vision,” noted Common Impact Board Co-Chair, Katherine Collins. “Selena brings a great strategic perspective that will steer Common Impact towards continued growth, innovation and service. We look forward to this new chapter in Common Impact’s history.”
Schmidt comes to Common Impact after leading Power of 32, the largest regional visioning initiative of its kind, encompassing 4.2 million people and 32 counties across Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia and covering the public, private, nonprofit and community sectors. Over the course of her career, Selena has worked in these multiple sectors, demonstrating a unique ability and keen interest in building bridges between different constituencies and establishing connections to further an organization’s mission.
“Selena’s experiences uniquely position her to lead the work of Common Impact. Her passion for making these cross-sector connections and building a collaborative framework for success will be tremendously helpful as we move to the next level of scale in our organization,” said Common Impact Board Co-Chair, Edwin M. Kania, Jr. “We have an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen communities – for the people who live and work in them and for the companies and nonprofits that support them. With Selena at the helm, I am sure we will be able to capitalize on this.”
About Common Impact
Common Impact is a nonprofit organization that connects skilled professionals from global companies to high-potential local nonprofits. Our employee engagement programs match employee-volunteers with nonprofits that need help overcoming key business challenges. This innovative approach to corporate community service enables companies to realize a positive return on their social investment while building stronger teams and developing employee skills. At the same time, this access to private sector talent enables nonprofits to amplify their impact on the constituents they serve. Ultimately, our work helps foster stronger communities wherever those companies operate.
Further information can be found at http://www.commonimpact.org/.