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CPDC Vice President, Real Estate Development selected for NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program

Shelynda Burney Brown will attend program offering leaders high-level coaching to advance their organization’s performance and capacity

Silver Spring, MD —NeighborWorks America is proud to announce that Shelynda Burney Brown, Vice President, Real Estate Development for CPDC in Silver Spring is one of 50 leaders selected for imgresthe NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, conducted at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The NeighborWorksAchieving Excellence Program, made possible in part by support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, is an 18-month program that equips executives with the skills to advance their organizations’ performance. Each participant identifies and clearly defines a specific challenge critical to their organization’s success then spends the program addressing that challenge.

“I’m truly honored to have been selected for the Achieving Excellence Program,” said Brown. “CPDC has a serious challenge of raising capital to strengthen our pipeline and deepen our relationship with communities through more robust community development initiatives.  I believe this program will not only equip me with the skills to meet our performance challenge but propel the organization forward in new and exciting directions that will lead to continued growth.”

CPDC VP Real Estate Development Shelynda Burney Brown (left) at the ribbon-cutting for The Larkspur community, a $26 million affordable housing redevelopment.
CPDC VP Real Estate Development Shelynda Burney Brown (left) at the ribbon-cutting for The Larkspur community, a $26 million affordable housing redevelopment.

The only comprehensive 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 August 2016, with additional sessions planned for February and September 2017 plus a graduation and final session together with program alumni.  Between academic sessions, participants will actively work on a clearly-defined goal critical to their organization’s success and will be working closely with their executive coach and peer group.

“The Achieving Excellence Program equips leaders with the tools to build stronger organizations—more engaged and results-oriented staff and board members working to achieve even greater impact in their communities.  This not only affects the organizations and communities but also results in a stronger pipeline of energized leaders throughout the nonprofit sector,” said Christina Deady, senior director of leadership and workforce development at NeighborWorks America.

Achieving Excellence has graduated 325 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 an impact evaluation of a recent class of the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, 72 percent created positive change in their communities, 77 percent raised staff performance and morale, and 100 percent improved organizational strength and results.

For more information about the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, go to www.neighborworks.org/ae.

About Community Preservation and Development Corporation 

For over 25 years, CPDC has served D.C., MD and VA as a leading not-for-profit real estate developer through the acquisition and redevelopment of award-winning affordable housing. We specialize in mixed-income and mixed-use developments, historic preservation, adaptive reuse and are recognized for innovative financing, green building design and public-private partnerships.

With more than 9,000 residents in over 5,000 apartment homes, CPDC is committed to the long-term success of our portfolio and our residents. We deliver innovative Community Impact Strategies (CIS) designed to help individuals and entire neighborhoods grow and thrive. CPDC is a community developer and proud member of NeighborWorks America, the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

About NeighborWorks America
For more than 35 years, NeighborWorks America, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit, 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 $27.2 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

 


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