SOURCE: Community Resource Exchange

Community Resource Exchange

June 15, 2010 11:08 ET

Community Resource Exchange Appoints Holly Delany Cole and Valyrie Laedlein as Co-Directors

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) -  Community Resource Exchange (CRE), a consulting firm that helps nonprofit organizations become stronger and more effective in advancing social and economic justice, announced today the appointments of Holly Delany Cole and Valyrie Laedlein as the organization's Co-Directors. They replace Fran Barrett, CRE founder and long time Executive Director who is joining The Atlantic Philanthropies as Director of Capacity Building.

Cole, who has been with CRE since 1995, currently serves as Deputy Director for Programs. She previously worked as a program officer at the New York Community Trust and holds a Master's Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Laedlein currently is the Deputy Director for Operations and Research and Evaluation. She joined CRE in 1990, after serving in the Peace Corps and as an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. She holds a Master's in Business Administration from the School of Management at Yale University. 

Board Chair Patricia Hewitt indicated that the appointments follow a succession planning process which was begun several years ago. "We expect a seamless transition from Fran's leadership to our new Co-Directors. Holly and Valyrie are already well-recognized as leaders in New York's nonprofit community, and the Board is confident that their complementary skills will continue to serve CRE well." 

"We would like to thank Fran for her 30 years of dedicated and extraordinary service to CRE. Fran has been an exceptional leader and has made numerous contributions to the field of nonprofit capacity building through her work at CRE. We are thrilled that in her new role at Atlantic, she will be focused on replicating the CRE model, nationally and internationally," Hewitt said.

Community Resource Exchange (CRE) ( is a consulting firm that helps nonprofit organizations become stronger and more effective in advancing social and economic justice. Headquartered in New York City, its purpose is to provide nonprofit leaders with the management skills they need to both optimize their own talent and increase their organization's overall efficiency. CRE provides management assistance through consulting and professional development. In addition, CRE publishes management books and materials, runs a state-of-the-art community conference center, and convenes nonprofit, government and foundation representatives on issues of importance to its communities and the nonprofit sector. CRE also engages in related policy and advocacy activities.

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