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March 25, 2015
Community of Hope’s President and CEO, Kelly Sweeney McShane, Honored as One of Eight Women of Excellence by Mayor Bowser
Community of Hope is proud to announce that our President and CEO, Kelly Sweeney McShane, was honored March 24th at the Second Annual Women of Excellence Awards for her work in public health. Ms. McShane was one of eight leaders to be honored with the 2015 Women of Excellence Award, an award honoring District women for their commitment, leadership and excellence. The Awards were hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser, The Office on Women's Policy & Initiatives and the DC Commission for Women.
“The many people who are part of Community of Hope are immensely proud of Kelly as she receives this well-deserved recognition from the City she lives– and loves – to serve,” said Community of Hope Board Chair Chris Kerns. “Her vision, remarkable leadership, and unrelenting advocacy for those in need have resulted in very significant expansions of Community of Hope’s Mission and its effectiveness.”
Under Kelly’s leadership, Community of Hope has grown to serve significantly more people in both healthcare and housing. However, Kelly’s impact on lives of DC residents is much deeper than numbers. Her roles in envisioning ways to transform the City’s approach to homelessness, in collaborating around healthcare delivery, and in training entry level health workers all enhance the quality of life for everyone in this City.
About Kelly Sweeney McShane:
McShane has served as President and CEO of Community of Hope since January 2001. Since then, Community of Hope has grown from a budget of $1.8 million to just over $16 million, and has served for than seven times the number of people per year. McShane previously served as Executive Director of Hannah House, a transitional housing program for homeless women in the District, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the DC Primary Care Association, on the Mayor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, , including co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, on the Board of Directors for the Developing Family Center and on several other boards and committees. She is a member of the 2006 class of Leadership Greater Washington. She received a Masters in Business Administration from Georgetown University and has a B.A. from Harvard University.
In addition to the Woman of Excellence Award, McShane is also a winner of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation's Exponent Award, which recognizes nonprofit leadership and was recognized as a Champion of Change by the DC Primary Care Association in 2011. She led Community of Hope to achieve The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management in 2012.
A District resident for over 25 years, she is also a wife and mother to three children.