Ryan Herringshaw selected for NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program

In collaboration with Harvard University, the program offers leaders coaching to advance organization’s performance.


NEW ORLEANS, LA —NeighborWorks America is proud to announce that Ryan Herringshaw, Director of Real Estate Development for Providence Community Housing is one of 45 leaders selected for the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, conducted at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, made possible in part by support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, is an 18-month program that provides executives with the skills to advance their organizations’ performance. Each participant identifies and clearly defines a specific challenge critical to their organization’s success then spends the program addressing that challenge.

“The Achieving Excellence program provides high caliber training and peer exchanges to help create a strong organizational framework that will support Providence’s ambitious strategic plan to address the critical need for affordable housing across our region,” said Herringshaw. “It is an honor to be selected to participate in the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program.”

The only comprehensive training of its kind, Achieving Excellence includes three formal sessions at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as one-on-one executive coaching and intensive peer learning.  The program kicked off at Harvard University  in September, and three additional meetings are planned across the country. Between academic sessions, participants will actively work on a clearly-defined goal critical to their organization’s success and will be working closely with their executive coach and peer group.

“The Achieving Excellence Program gives leaders the tools to build stronger organizations—more engaged and results-oriented staff and board members working to increase their impact in the communities they serve,” said Christina Deady, senior director of leadership and workforce development at NeighborWorks America Achieving Excellence has graduated nearly 400 executive directors, CEOs and other senior leaders since the program began in 2002. Independent evaluations have shown astounding results for organizations that have participated in this program.

In an impact evaluation of a recent class of the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, 72 percent created positive change in their communities, 77 percent raised staff performance and morale, and 100 percent improved organizational strength and results. For more information about the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, go to www.neighborworks.org/ae.


About Providence Community Housing
Providence Community Housing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit real estate development organization. Providence transforms lives and communities through the development and preservation of affordable homes while connecting individuals and families to opportunities that enhance their quality of life. To date, Providence has developed more than 1,300 units of housing and helped more than 600 individuals and families become homeowners throughout the Greater New Orleans Area. Providence Community Housing is part of the NeighborWorks® network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. www.providencecommunityhousing.org.
About NeighborWorks America
For nearly 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. (d/b/a NeighborWorks America), a national, nonpartisan nonprofit, has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and safe, affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $34 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.