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SER Welcomes Interim CEO

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc., we are pleased to introduce SER’s new Interim Executive Director, Diane Schenke.

 

Diane is an accomplished nonprofit executive veteran with expertise in community visioning and planning processes. Over the next several months, Diane will work closely with the SER team to ready the organization for a new permanent Executive Director and our next stage. The Board of Directors and the staff have confidence in Diane’s expertise and experience to lead a seamless transition which will ensure that SER’s vital programs continue to provide the region with diverse and engaging programming that allow individuals to bridge the skills gap and prepare themselves with the education and training necessary to find productive jobs that pay living wages.

 

ABOUT DIANE SCHENKE

Diane is the recently retired President of the Greater East End Management District, serving in that role from June 2009-June 2017.  She is also a long time East End resident and advocate, the former President and Executive Director of The Park People, the Gulf Coast Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy and the Executive Director of The Grand Parkway Association. Before working for governmental and nonprofit entities, Diane worked as an environmental lawyer for law firms and corporations. Diane brought all of these perspectives to her position as President of the Greater East End Management District.

 

 Since Diane moved to the Greater East End Management District, the District has received grant funds of over $32M in grants. These improvements have created pedestrian friendly improvements to compliment the East End Rail Line and new residential and commercial construction, as well as serving the existing residents.  These improvements are grounded in strong community input on the vision for this area through the Livable Centers process.   

 

Diane has also led efforts by other management districts and community development corporations to focus the City of Houston attention on redeveloping the near downtown neighborhoods, grounded in a community visioning and planning process. These underserved neighborhoods could provide newly developed commercial and residential for all income levels.

 

Diane is active in the Urban Land Institute Council on Urban Mixed Development and was instrumental in organizing a major ULI study of the East End. 

 

 

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