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CommunityWorks Announces New President & CEO

CommunityWorks, a non-profit financial organization, is excited to announce Tammie Hoy-Hawkins as the new President & CEO, beginning in January 2020. Hoy-Hawkins is replacing Deborah McKetty, former founding President & CEO of CommunityWorks, who led the organization since 2008.

As President of Together Consulting, Hoy-Hawkins has worked in community economic development for over 20 years, providing leadership and guidance to non-profit, for profit and government entities. Most recently, she has been serving as the Project Manager for the Northside Development Group’s Northside Initiative in Spartanburg. Additionally, she has been working as the Project Coordinator for the Greenville Housing Fund (GHF), a wholly-owned LLC under CommunityWorks that supports the production and preservation of quality affordable and workforce housing.

“Tammie was the top candidate in our search for the next President & CEO of CommunityWorks. With a long history of successful non-profit leadership and a deep passion for community development, she is the ideal person to assume the helm of CommunityWorks”, says Billy McGee, Board Chair of CommunityWorks. Hoy-Hawkins will officially join CommunityWorks in January of 2020 once she concludes her work with the Northside Development Group. “We have a remarkable leadership team at CommunityWorks and are confident that this will be a smooth transition. Under Tammie’s leadership, we are looking forward to serving our community for years to come”, says McGee.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve CommunityWorks as the President & CEO”, says Tammie Hoy-Hawkins. “I have worked in partnership with CommunityWorks and its team through various roles in my community development career, both on the Northside Initiative and with the Greenville Housing Fund. In addition, have been a longtime colleague of Deborah McKetty, whom I admire greatly. I am excited for the opportunity to be the next leader of CommunityWorks and work with the team to envision the next 10 years of the organization’s community and economic development impact”, says Hoy-Hawkins.

“Having worked with Tammie on Spartanburg’s Northside Initiative, I have seen her expertise in action. Tammie truly cares about the work she does and consistently advocates for community development and is passionate about affordable housing. I am confident that she will bring the same enthusiasm and knowledge to her new role as President & CEO of CommunityWorks”, says Bill Barnet, Board Chair of Northside Development Group and former Mayor of Spartanburg. The goal of Northside Development Group is to encourage and manage the redevelopment of the City of Spartanburg’s Northside community, honoring its past and expanding the opportunities for a mix of affordable and market rate housing, economic, educational, recreational, health and social opportunities for its residents.

Prior to founding Together Consulting, Hoy-Hawkins worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond where she was responsible for community economic development outreach and education for North and South Carolina. Before working for the Federal Reserve Bank, she spent six years as the Director of the SC Lowcountry Housing Trust where she led the organization to over $10M in assets.

About CommunityWorks

CommunityWorks was established in 2008 as a local housing trust fund through a partnership between the City of Greenville, United Way of Greenville County and Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. CommunityWorks’ mission is to build a brighter future for underserved families and communities through financial education, lending, and investing. In 2011 CommunityWorks was certified by U.S. Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which operates a community loan fund that supports community economic development.

Since its inception, CW has generated over $221 million in local economic impact and has provided 33,900 hours of training and coaching, served 4,008 families, provided over $3.9 million loans to startups and existing small businesses, and deployed over $6.3 million in affordable housing and community loans that have created or preserved over 662 affordable housing units.

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