Jeremiah Program today announced that Diane Solinger will join the organization as its first executive director in Fargo-Moorhead. Solinger brings extensive experience in fundraising, leadership and higher education.
“As we secure a site and begin our fundraising to build a permanent campus in Fargo-Moorhead, Diane has the ideal skill set to advance our expansion into this community,” said Jeremiah President & CEO Gloria Perez. “We are eager to have her on board and to help us move quickly to transforming the lives of low-income mothers and their children.”
Solinger comes to Jeremiah having served in numerous positions at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Mankato. At Moorhead, she was Assistant and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice President of Enrollment Management. At Mankato, she served in multiple student affairs and fundraising roles. She also was Director of Residence Life at University of Denver for four years.
In her new role, Solinger will provide general management and fiscal leadership of Jeremiah’s Fargo-Moorhead efforts. She will lead the organization’s capital campaign to build a campus and oversee all aspects of the organization’s partnerships and operations.
Solinger first became involved with Jeremiah Program last March when she participated in the empowerment course. Following that training, she volunteered to help plan the fall 2014 empowerment courses and spent a day touring the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses with Fargo-Moorhead leaders.
About Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead
Fargo-Moorhead leaders began making plans two years ago to bring the proven model of Jeremiah Program to the community. The number of single mothers living below the poverty line in Fargo-Moorhead increased 54% between 2000 and 2012, while all other families living in poverty declined by 9% during that same period. Today, there are 5,370 children living below poverty in the Fargo-Moorhead area, a 26% increase since 2000.
While working toward establishing a site in Fargo-Moorhead, Jeremiah is offering empowerment training for low-income single mothers (beginning October 9). The organization’s goal is to break ground on a campus in 2015 and move families in by 2016.
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