Jeremiah Program is pleased to announce that Lucy Gerold has been named Executive Director of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Campuses. Lucy has been serving as Interim Executive Director for the past three months. She was chosen from a large pool of talented candidates during an extensive national search.
“Lucy’s passion for our program is evidenced by her long history of volunteer work at Jeremiah,” said Michael McHugh, chair of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Community Board of Trustees. “Her excellent managerial skills honed from a distinguished career with the Minneapolis Police Department is exactly what we need to move what is already a great program to the next level of excellence.”
In making the announcement, McHugh and Jeremiah Program President & CEO Gloria Perez said that the search team was invigorated by Lucy’s clarity for the future, her leadership skills, her passion for the mission and her dedication to proven practices to reduce poverty.
In addition to serving as Interim Executive Director, Lucy has taught Personal Empowerment courses at Jeremiah for the past four years. “I believe deeply in the mission of this organization,” she said in accepting the position. “True life change comes through transformation from the inside out. That’s the opportunity Jeremiah provides and the opportunity our young, determined moms embrace. I am thrilled to be a part of this life-altering, two-generation work.”
Gerold was a 34-year employee of the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). She was a Deputy Chief and Precinct Commander. She also created and led the implementation of community policing in the mid-1980s as the Director of Community Crime Prevention/SAFE. With the success in Minneapolis, she became a member of a national team who trained and developed cops across the country to effectively implement community policing. She held numerous positions within the MPD, including Commander for Leadership and Organizational Development.