Press Release: Interfaith Works Board of Directors Announces Departure of CEO Shane Rock

Interfaith Works Board of Directors Announces Departure of CEO Shane Rock

ROCKVILLE, Md. (April 20, 2020) – The Interfaith Works Board of Directors announced today that Chief Executive Officer Shane Rock will be departing the organization at the end of June. His responsibilities will be assumed by Becky Wagner, a former Interfaith Works CEO and long-time community advocate to ensure a smooth transition as the board of directors begins a search for a new CEO.

“It has been an honor to lead Interfaith Works and to work with an incredible team,” said Shane Rock. “I am very proud of our work to keep Interfaith Works at the forefront of effective programs and services for people who are experiencing homelessness and poverty in Montgomery County.”

“Shane Rock has played a pivotal role in the success of Interfaith Works and the board of directors is grateful for his committed service. We wish Shane well in his next chapter and thank him for the passion and leadership he brought to Interfaith Works,” said Kay Newhouse, Chair, Interfaith Works Board of Directors.

Rock made several significant contributions to Interfaith Works during the past six years such as:

  • Playing an important role in refining its mission and redefining its programming priorities.
  • Expanding programs at the Interfaith Works Clothing Center to include vocational services and job readiness classes.
  • Overseeing the opening of Interfaith Works Residences, providing 21 units of permanent supportive housing at Progress Place.
  • Increasing outreach and expanding partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, and leaders within Montgomery County and Maryland.
  • Serving as an expert voice to media, corporate partners, nonprofit organizations, congregations, and elected and public officials on issues of homelessness and poverty.

“Interfaith Works is excited to welcome Becky Wagner as Interim CEO. Interfaith Works will greatly benefit from her leadership and experience serving the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. The board of directors looks forward to working with Becky as she ensures a continuum of care to benefit individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty,” added Newhouse.

Wagner, who led Interfaith Works from 1999 to 2011, is a long-time advocate working on behalf of our community for more than five decades. As a former Interfaith Works CEO, Wagner excelled at building partnerships and coalitions that strengthened the organization. She increased the number of congregation members from 90 to 165, and staff from 21 to 110 to help meet the growing need for programs and services to help people lift themselves out of homelessness and poverty. In 2008, Wagner was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Washingtonian of the Year.”

Media Contact:
Kay Newhouse
Board Chair, Interfaith Works
Kbnewhouse@gmail.com

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