Philippe Jordi, Executive Director of the Island Housing Trust, has been selected to participate in the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program. NeighborWorks, an 18-month long educational program conducted with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, is an opportunity awarded annually to 50 senior leaders nationwide.
NeighborWorks America aims to help organizations that work to strengthen and improve communities by allowing each participant to focus on finding solutions for a major challenge faced by their organization. Mr. Jordi believes the Island Housing Trust’s challenge to be building “effective partnerships that draw on the strength and resources of our town governments, non-profit organizations, community groups and businesses to address the affordable housing crisis Island-wide.” He will work to increase housing production, build coalitions, and support affordable housing initiatives, he said.
Mr. Jordi will be sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship during his participation in the program, which will begin at Harvard University in October, 2014, and end in February, 2016. Mr. Jordi wrote in an email to The Times, “I’m honored to have been selected by NeighborWorks and grateful to the MV Vision Fellowship for this opportunity to help build my capacity to advance the mission of the Island Housing Trust.”