It gives us great pleasure to announce that following a national search, the Grace Place Board of Directors has unanimously approved the selection of Lära Fisher as our next Chief Executive Officer effective October 19, 2020.
The Board and leadership team at Grace Place are confident that Lära is the right person to lead our organization into the future. She fully appreciates and understands the pivotal role family literacy can play in supporting and lifting a community out of poverty and is prepared to bring all of her energy and professional skills to lead the effort. She is a seasoned leader with significant experience, creativity, and innovation grounded in smart business planning who will advance the mission and lead the future growth of Grace Place.
Lära Fisher has more than 20 years of experience and success in youth education and human services for underserved communities, and understands the unique challenges faced by small to midsize nonprofits. She most recently served as CEO and President of the South County Outreach – Hunger and Homeless Services Agency in Irvine, California, earning the distinction of 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year and chairing a county-wide, 18-agency member Family Solutions Collaborative. At the South County Outreach, she was responsible for the operation and management of five business centers: Housing, Food Pantry, Rental & Utility Assistance, Computer Learning Lab and Thrift Store; with a focus on rebranding, increased visibility, and increased financial stability. Her prior position with Boy Scouts of America solidified her exceptional fundraising and donor relations skills on a national level, as featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, among others, as well as national and local print media. Her career began at Loras College in marketing and media relations roles of increasing responsibility. Fisher holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism from Iowa State University.
I know that you will join us in welcoming Lära to our team and to our community!