Michael Officer, New Executive Director

November 7, 2017
New Executive Director

Effective November 1, 2017, Bethesda Cares welcomes Michael Officer as it new Executive Director.

Officer was previously the Executive Director of Healthy Families, Thriving Communities Collaborative Council a DC-based organization providing technical assistance, fundraising, quality assurance and capacity-building services to community based organizations across the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the Collaborative Council, Officer served as Senior Director of the National Urban League’s $18.5 million Mature Worker Program, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of the organization’s national workforce development program for older workers. Officer previously worked at the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation as a Senior Program Officer, where he provided oversight over the implementation of the organizations portfolio of summer and workforce development programs for at risk older youths.

Officer has devoted his career to empowering children and adults through his involvement with community programs in New York City, Washington DC and Florida. Over the course of his career, Officer has raised more than $50 million in support of nonprofits.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to join Bethesda Cares, and to build on Susan Kirk’s tremendous legacy,” Officer said. “The issue of homelessness is a critical issue and one that must be addressed, and I look forward to working with the staff, community and stakeholders to develop long-term solutions.”

Board President Kathy Petitt welcomes Michael as the new Executive Director; “We look forward to his continuation of the great work of Bethesda Cares. We believe under his leadership the agency will continue to grow and thrive.”

Born and educated in London, England, Officer earned his Master of Arts Degree from the University of Reading, and his Bachelor’s degree from Kingston University. In addition, Officer completed the Executive Management (Non-Profit) Program at Columbia University.



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