Presenting CVH's Next Executive Director / Presentando la próxima Directora Ejecutiva de CVH

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Dear Community Voices Heard Members and Friends,

The Board of Directors of Community Voices Heard and CVH Power, want to thank you for all you do to make CVH a powerful force for low-income people across New York State. 

For over 20 years CVH has built the power of low-income communities to fight towards social and economic justice. In 1994, CVH was founded by a group of women on welfare and since then we have grown into a powerful state-wide, multi-chapter organization. With this growth and increased power, CVH remains true to our mission as a membership-led organization, committed to building power and to the grassroots leadership of low-income people. 

We are writing now with an exciting update on the search for a new Executive Director of Community Voices Heard and CVH Power. 

As you may know from our previous announcement in February 2016, our current Executive Director Sondra Youdelman will be transitioning from the leadership of CVH and CVH Power, after sixteen great years with the organization. She will be departing at the end of August, 2016. We will be sending off Sondra with a party in early August and we hope you will join us in celebrating her dedication and innumerable contributions to CVH. More information about the party will be coming soon.

We are proud and excited to announce that after an extensive and robust search, conducted with the support of Koya Leadership Partners, we have hired Afua Atta-Mensah to continue the critical work as the new Executive Director of CVH and CVH Power. Afua will start on September 6, 2016. 

Afua is known to CVH from her years serving as a Board member of CVH and as an inaugural member of CVH Power. She brings a deep passion for the mission of CVH and innovative ideas for our future.  She has been with the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project for five years, and brings a career in social justice with senior leadership experience with the Urban Justice Center and the Center for Working Families. She has a personal history that reflects CVH membership, as well as deep understanding and strong experience in grassroots organizing, policy, politics and social, racial and economic justice.

CVH has been through a leadership transition before and we believe that this transition will help us to grow and evolve as an organization. We also know that CVH is larger than one person. The Board and the Staff teams at CVH are strong. We have a powerful membership, exciting campaigns and our finances are solid. The organization is in a strong position to ensure a smooth transition. We are enthusiastic to usher in this new chapter for the organization!

Stay tuned for opportunities to meet Afua in the fall when she will be meeting with members and allies in each chapter of the organization as well as at our annual Shirley Chisholm Lights of Freedom Celebration in late October!

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Perez, CVH’s Director of Administration & Institutional Giving at 212-860-6001 or

In Power and Solidarity,

The CVH and CVH Power Boards of Directors

Corey Allen *                      Mia Bell *
Kevin Borden *                   Jason Cooper ^
Paul Getsos ^                     Danielette Horton * ^
Ketny Jean-Francois ^          Alexa Kasdan *
Sandra Killett ^                   Walter Lipscomb * ^
Maurice Mitchell *               Joseph Mpa * ^
Tyletha Samuels * ^             Dorrian Stewart * ^
Ruth Thomas *                   Gloria Wilson *

*  CVH Board
^ CVH Power Board