On behalf of the board of directors of YES!, it is my pleasure to share the wonderful news that Mary Beth Loucks-Sorrell is our new Executive Director! We conducted a national search for the position and received dozens of applications. It was clear to the board that Mary Beth is the right person to be our next leader!
While serving as Interim Director over the past six months, Mary Beth’s passion for the mission, commitment to the organization, and ability to work so well with the staff and board aligned. We believe her particular skills and background including her extensive knowledge of non-profit management, applying a results framework and her proven track record of fundraising success are a match for what our organization needs in our next stage of growth.
As you may know, Mary Beth is not new to Youth Empowered Solutions – she served as a consultant to the organization for nearly eight years and brings a deep understanding of the organization’s history, while also remaining uniquely positioned to build upon our existing collaborations and lead YES! into new partnerships and initiatives.
Mary Beth brings over 20 years of experience at the local, state and national levels in public policy, advocacy, anti-oppression training and facilitation; as well as capacity building and technical assistance to over 250 nonprofits, and successful fundraising and outcomes development. Prior to her consulting work, she served as the Capacity Building program officer for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Her experience working first hand in a foundation applying an outcomes framework, coupled with her consulting work with networks of funders enables her to apply a unique and practical lens to the work at YES!.
Chair, YES! Board of Directors