PS-S Announces New ED
Project Self-Sufficiency Announces New Executive Director
Project Self-Sufficiency, a local non-profit assisting low income single parents, announces the hiring of Tracy Mead as Executive Director. Tracy will be responsible for leading the organization after the recent departure of Mary Carraher, who served as Executive Director for more than 25 years.
“We are lucky to have someone with Tracy’s background and experience, but just as important, her passion for our mission”, said Cindy Bragdon, Board President. “Tracy will be a perfect fit for us, with her knowledge of the Larimer County community, as well as her energy and enthusiasm for maintaining and increasing our organization’s impact. We are anxious to implement a recently updated strategic plan that includes growing the number of families we serve as well as sustaining and growing current programs.” Carraher echoes Bragdon’s sentiments, stating “I was delighted to receive the news that Tracy Mead has been selected as the incoming Executive Director for Project Self-Sufficiency! I have known Tracy for seven years and so admire her leadership, determination, kindness, and passion for the work we do. Tracy is knowledgeable and talented. She will be a great asset to the organization and I am delighted to pass the torch to Tracy.”
Tracy comes to Project Self-Sufficiency after seven years as Executive Director of Education and Life Training Center (ELTC) in Fort Collins. Accomplishments during her time at ELTC include the creation of the JobReady Program and the successful completion of the three-year pilot of the poverty-alleviation model known as Circles® Larimer County. Bob Steiner, ELTC Board President shares, "ELTC board and staff wish Tracy the best in her new position. Our search for the next ELTC Executive Director is underway, and we fully expect that PSS and ELTC will continue working together as we strive to address the root causes of poverty through education and supportive services." Tracy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Dayton, and a Master of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. Tracy has lived in the Larimer County community for more than twenty years and is a Leadership Northern Colorado graduate.
Project Self-Sufficiency, established in 1986, serves single-parent families in Larimer County by providing pathways from poverty to financial independence through career exploration and planning, adult education/training and job readiness, and job placement activities. Education & Life Training Center helps low-income individuals achieve financial stability through job training and education, in order to be successful in today’s job market. County-wide, the two organizations play important, collaborative roles in the realm of poverty alleviation.
In anticipation of the change, Mead shared, “My new position at Project SeIf-Sufficiency is an amazing opportunity to continue my leadership role in addressing poverty in our community. Mary and her Board and staff have created what I view as a holistic model to support single parents to self-sufficiency. It is an honor to be joining them in their work.”