On behalf of The Board of Directors of Southside Community Land Trust, I have exciting news to share. After a six-month nationwide search, the SCLT Executive Transition Committee has selected Margaret DeVos as our new Executive Director. Margaret will officially join Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) on July 16, 2012. SCLT’s beloved current Executive Director Katherine Brown will stay on to work with Margaret during her first two weeks to ensure a smooth organizational transition.
SCLT received an impressive response to the job posting earlier this year and was honored to choose from a very qualified and engaged pool of candidates. We feel that Margaret’s experience and vision will successfully take the organization into its 4th decade of helping people grow food in Providence.
Margaret DeVos (formerly Margaret Garry) joins SCLT from Detroit, Michigan, where she has dedicated her career to improving communities through pursuing social and economic equity. Her wide range of professional experience includes non-profit real estate development and construction, sustainable building technologies, and comprehensive community development in Detroit’s hardest hit neighborhoods. She has served as a senior level manager in the public and non-profit sectors, in addition to running a successful small business.
For a number of years, Margaret’s efforts have focused on creating and sustaining food-related economic opportunities. She has developed initiatives to increase the number of grocery stores in low-income areas of Detroit and to support food truck entrepreneurs. She has researched inner city economic trends in the food sector. At the State of Michigan, she advocated successfully for changes in the distribution of food assistance benefits so that people would have better access to fresh and healthy food. For her efforts, Margaret was honored as one of Detroit’s Most Enterprising Women by the Detroit Historical Society, and Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 amongst other awards.
Margaret is honored to accept the position and eager to get started with SCLT’s Board, staff, and community partners. “By developing local food systems and pursuing urban agriculture, I believe that we can create dramatic and positive change in the areas of public health, youth and community development, environmental stewardship and civic pride,” Margaret shares. “The mission of Southside Community Land Trust fits perfectly with my commitment to develop thriving, economically and environmentally just urban communities.” Margaret is very happy to be relocating to Providence this summer and to be joining her husband and family in New England.
SCLT’s Board of Directors, Katherine, and staff have worked together to prepare the organization for this transition for many months, and we are excited to introduce Margaret to all of you, our friends and supporters, in the coming weeks. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming our new Executive Director to Greater Providence. If you have any questions or thoughts, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, Board of Directors