New Executive Director

I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Weiss has been selected as the new Executive Director of the organization. Weiss, a lawyer and community volunteer, previously served in the North Carolina House of Representatives. During her 13-year tenure, she co-chaired the House Finance Committee and the Wake County delegation, chaired the Judiciary IV committee and was a champion for children, senior citizens and public health. Weiss is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jennifer has long been a supporter of The Hope Center, closely watching our work and growth over the past few years. “I have admired the important work of The Hope Center at Pullen since its founding,” said Weiss. “I am eager to work with our staff, Board of Directors and partner organizations to help ensure brighter futures for young people aging out of the foster care system.”

There are not enough words to thank Rashidah Myrie for serving as our Interim Executive Director over these last few months while we looked for a new Executive Director. We have been fortunate to have strong leadership in the past and are delighted that Jennifer Weiss has joined us, building on that tradition.

We are very excited for this next phase for The Hope Center and remain, as always, focused on the young people we serve. Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to help young people aging out of foster care become independent, healthy adults.

Warm regards,

Peg O’Connell
Board Chair

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Thanks to your community votes, we won a $5,000 grant from The Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest. The Yelp Foundation’s mission is to address the needs of local communities including access to information, education, local economic development, and freedom of expression. This funding will go a long way towards helping young people with a history in foster care transition successfully to adulthood. Our sincerest thanks to you all for voting for us. It was incredible to see such an outpouring of support.