Growing Home’s Board of Directors has appointed Karen Fox Elwell as its new CEO. Karen replaces the previous CEO, who left in August of 2017.

Karen is a licensed social worker with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Tufts University and a Masters in Social Work and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver. Karen has more than sixteen years of experience working with diverse populations to equip them with vital skills for future success. Karen began her career facilitating youth development programs in Massachusetts and then in Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer. During her Peace Corps service, she established the first public library in her community and became fluent in Spanish.

Over the past eight years, Karen has honed her management and leadership skills while serving in senior leadership roles at Mi Casa Resource Center. As Mi Casa’s Director of Youth & Family Development, she significantly increased the organization’s impact on young people and their families by doubling the resources and staff of the department. As Mi Casa’s Vice President of Programs & Integration, Karen led the organization’s efforts to implement a holistic, integrated service delivery model that helps low-income entrepreneurs and job seekers advance their economic success and ultimately break the cycle of poverty. Under her leadership, Mi Casa has become a nationally recognized leader in youth & family development, career development, and small business development.

Board Chair Keith Smith said, “We welcome Karen and are thrilled to have her join the Growing Home Family. Karen’s leadership and experience will help Growing Home continue to thrive, serve our families, and help us grow to the next level.”

Karen is excited to get started and said, “I am looking forward to working with Growing Home’s Board of Directors and staff to build upon the strong foundation and lead the organization through its next chapter. I look forward to leading the organization in delivering impactful programs that improve the lives of children and families as well as advocating for systemic change to address the root causes of poverty. My goal is to make Growing Home a model organization that others will want to emulate.”

Karen may be contacted at: karen@growinghome.org.

Growing Home wishes to express its appreciation to Anita Deshommes (CFO/COO) for her thoughtful, diligent, and compassionate leadership as Interim CEO during this transition.  Well done!