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posted: 7/3/2014 2:34 PM

Neighborworks In Collaboration with Harvard University Selects Executive Director/CEO David A. Northern, Sr. for Excellence Program

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  • David A. Northern, Sr. speaking at a conference.Keon Jackson

    David A. Northern, Sr. speaking at a conference.Keon Jackson

Nataylia C. ketchum

NeighborWorks® America is proud to announce that David A. Northern, Sr. Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Lake County Housing Authority in Grayslake is one of 50 leaders selected for the NeighborWorks® Achieving Excellence Program, conducted in collaboration with Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

The NeighborWorks® Achieving Excellence Program is an 18-month educational program for senior leaders in organizations working to benefit their communities. At the beginning of the program, each participant selects a specific and significant challenge facing their organization for which solutions will not only dramatically change how their organizations do business, but also enable them to make lasting change in their communities. By the end of the course, each organization can expect to have achieved measurable successes to address that challenge.

"I am excited to be selected as a member of such a prestigious program with other seasoned housing professionals," David A. Northern, Sr. exclaimed. "Teaming up with NeighborWorks® America in collaboration with Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government should prove to be a winning combination. I am honored I was selected to participate in the program and I look forward to the work with my focus on the issues facing Lake County Housing Authority."

The only comprehensive, intensive training of its kind, Achieving Excellence includes three formal sessions at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as executive coaching, intensive peer learning and guidance from author and consultant Douglas K. Smith. The first session at Harvard University will take place in October 2014, with additional sessions planned for February and October 2015 with a final session and graduation in February 2016. Between academic sessions, participants will be actively working on the challenge critical to their organization's success and will be working closely with their executive coach and peer group.

"The Achieving Excellence Program equips leaders to increase the community impact of the work they do," explained Chuck Wehrwein, acting president and chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America. "It goes way beyond the typical training course to focus intensively on systemic, long-term change."

Achieving Excellence has graduated almost 300 executive directors, CEOs and other senior leaders since the program began in 2002, with astounding results from each class. Independent evaluations have shown tremendous results for organizations that have participated in this program. In just one recent class alone, achievements by Achieving Excellence graduates included the following:

• Total clients served increased by 146%.

• Average total assets increased by 23%; average increase attributed to their participation in Achieving Excellence was $6,860,507 per organization with $96,047,109 cumulatively.

• More than $12.3 million new income generated by 23 organizations, more than $5.5 million of which was generated through operations (fees for service, etc.)

• Number of successful homeowners created increased by 15%.

• Approximately 2,500 new affordable rental units developed, managed or acquired by 18 organizations

• 89,100 square feet new commercial space created by 7 organizations.

As Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Northern has complete responsibility with administrative and professional oversight in planning, directing, and coordinating the Authority's varied and complex Housing and Community Development Programs. Fiscal responsibly includes a $32 million budget and over $50 million in assets. The agency has 620 public housing units, 2,803 housing choice vouchers, 586 new construction units, family self-sufficiency programs, family unification programs, comprehensive housing counseling programs, and Aim North Development Corporation (501c3). LCHA serves over 12,000 citizens in Lake County, IL.

About NeighborWorks® America

NeighborWorks® America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development, financial capability and affordable housing professionals.