The NeighborWorks America board of directors has named Paul Weech the new president and CEO for the organization. Weech brings to the position more than 25 years of leadership experience in housing, community development, and financial services.
“I am very excited to take on the stewardship of such a strong and historic organization that has been a major force for progress in housing and community for more than 35 years,” says Weech. “I believe my role is to support and continue to grow what is already a preeminent organization with the reach, resources and the commitment to truly make a difference.”
Weech comes to NeighborWorks America from the Housing Partnership Network, a business alliance of the nation’s top performing nonprofit development organizations. As the Housing Partnership Network’s executive vice president for policy and external affairs, Weech was responsible for policy development and advocacy leadership for the organization, including producing its policy treatise, “Toward a Housing Policy Reform Agenda.” In the two years before joining the organization full time, he provided policy leadership for both the Housing Partnership Network and the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future.
Weech has served as chief of staff at the United States Small Business Administration, staff director for the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and senior analyst for Housing and Credit for the U.S. Senate Committee on Budget. He also worked in various mission-related roles in the National Community Lending Center and the office of corporate strategy at Fannie Mae.
Whether in the public or private sector, Weech has made service to others the cornerstone of his career. “I believe that by working together we have the opportunity to lift people up, to increase their opportunities and outcomes and help them to provide a better life for their children,” says Weech. “I have been blessed to have a career where I wake up every day with meaning in my life.”
Weech serves on the boards of several organizations, including the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the National Housing Conference, the Bollinger Foundation, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, and the Ford School of Public Policy's Alumni Board. He received a Master of Public Policy degree from the Ford School for Public Policy Studies at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Duke University.
Paul Weech, CEO of NeighborWorks America
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