HCEF Welcomes New Executive Director, Ardana “AJ” Jefferson

HCEF Welcomes New Executive Director, Ardana “AJ” Jefferson

Image of new Executive Director Ardana "AJ" Jefferson with text "Welcoming AJ Our New ED!"

The Board of Directors of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ardana Jefferson to serve as the organization’s Executive Director. Ms. Jefferson will begin her tenure on March 21, 2022.

HCEF Board President Jo Clark makes the announcement with enthusiasm and confidence that Ms. Jefferson is ready to take the mission of HCEF to the next level, and ensure that the needs of local youth with unstable housing remain the focus of the organization.  “We are thrilled that Ardana brings the right mix of personal and professional attributes to our organization. She will inspire the board, staff and community partners with her passion, acumen and dedication to the community. She has a track record of success in her past endeavors and is poised to take us into an exciting new chapter of service.”

Ms. Jefferson most recently served as the Director of Hope Group for Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg, where she was responsible for growing and overseeing business development, partner services and asset management. With more than 25 years of experience in membership and program development, staff development, and net revenue growth, Ardana possesses an in-depth understanding of the non-profit industry and how sales/marketing and program retention can impact the breadth and depth of the organization. A graduate of Seton Hill University, Ms. Jefferson’s career has been devoted to unlocking human potential.  She has held many posts with the YMCA, in both Orlando, Florida and Pittsburgh, PA.

I am in awe of the impact that HCEF makes in our community. Working alongside a staff and volunteer team that helps ensure educational equity for all children, regardless of circumstance, is tremendously gratifying and helps fulfill my personal mission – to help people reach their highest potential. Thank you to HCEF for this opportunity to serve!

-Ardana “AJ” Jefferson

Thank you for your continued support of HCEF during this transition,

The HCEF Board

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