CPDC Names Jennifer Fauss New Director of Volunteer Engagement
In a move to expand the corps of resident, corporate, and community volunteers who serve its 26 affordable housing communities in the D.C. area, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) today announced the appointment of Jennifer Fauss of Washington, D.C. as its new director of volunteer engagement. Fauss will build upon CPDC’s successful history of long-term partnership with communities to help them grow and thrive.
“We believe volunteer engagement serves as the catalyst for galvanizing the altruism and support needed to strengthen communities, particularly those that are underserved,” said Michael Pitchford, president and CEO of the 24-year-old Washington, DC-based organization. “We are delighted to have Jennifer Fauss lead our organizational efforts to develop a cadre of talented, committed, and compassionate volunteers.”
Fauss joins CPDC from the International Association of Volunteer Effort (IAVE), where she led an international delegation from China to learn about U.S. volunteer and nonprofit innovations. She also oversaw the registration and volunteer process for the 2012 IAVE World Volunteer Conference in London. Prior to her tenure at IAVE, she worked for 12 years at Points of Light, where she directed a variety of large scale programs, partnerships and federal grant investments to successfully meet organizational goals and funder expectations, including the Volunteer Capacity Building Initiative funded by CNCS; the Neighboring Initiative, funded through Annie E Casey; and the Earned Income Tax Credit program, funded by the Capitol One Foundation. She also created constituent-specific initiatives that addressed underserved community needs within local markets, including both the Disability Initiative and the national AmeriCorps VISTA program which reached more than 30 affiliate markets and addressed community-driven needs.
“I look forward to continuing my commitment to volunteerism by establishing strong partnerships and a quality volunteer infrastructure that will make a tremendous impact in the communities we serve,” said Fauss.
CPDC has now invested seven years in an ambitious volunteer program, identifying and deploying dynamic interns, mentors, tutors and skilled professionals, as well as community residents themselves, in support of its resident services program. CPDC Resident Services and its partners provide academic enrichment for youth and teens after school, literacy and GED programs for adults, job skills and job training, health awareness activities for all ages, and community building activities that connect residents to other residents. Through the contributions of individuals from universities and corporations such as Catholic and Howard Universities, Capital One and Harkins Builders respectively, CPDC has increased its capacity to deliver site-based services and resources to its property residents and members of surrounding communities.
A native of Michigan, Fauss got her start as an AmeriCorps member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Detroit, where she recruited, trained and matched volunteer mentors and youth with developmental disabilities. She was part of the national pilot program and the very first class of AmeriCorps in Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Oakland University.
A premier developer of affordable housing in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) works to develop vibrant communities through innovation and partnership. The organization currently owns over 4,500 dedicated affordable apartments within more than 25 communities, with resident engagement programs at many of its properties serving more than 9,000 residents. More about the company is available at www.cpdc.org.