|Carolyn Griffin and Art Mahoney have agreed to fill the position of Interim Executive Director of SCC effective in April. Griffin and Mahoney who have committed the last seven years to guiding the Small Business Development Center at State College of Florida will share this executive leadership role.
The SCC mission is to identify approaches that will increase the financial stability of families, neighborhoods and communities of low income people in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The organization founded in 2009, is known for the Bridges to Career program, (a partnership with CareerEdge) that helps people gain skills and confidence to enter the workforce. SCC also offers guidance to people who are low to moderate income and want to start their own business through the Build-A-Business program, taught directly by Griffin and Mahoney. For the past three years SCC also operates the VITA program, which offers IRS-certified volunteers to assist people with low income to file their taxes without a charge.
Mahoney and Griffin will replace Tim Dutton who is leaving shortly to join the Peace Corps. The SCC board granted Dutton a leave for his term in the Peace Corps. The new team will continue along the path identified by the board over the past year. This includes expanding the existing programs, partnering with the United Way of Manatee County to facilitate the creation of financial stability centers in one or more neighborhoods in Manatee County and several other new projects.
In announcing this shift in leadership, Felipe Colon, SCC board chair, states, “we are extremely pleased that SCC will not miss a beat with Griffin and Mahoney taking over. They have both the topic area expertise and the communications know-how to push SCC forward. It is really a perfect match that should advance the mission and generate real change. Stay tuned, there are more changes being planned for SCC.”
For more information contact Suncoast Community Capital at 941 744 2666.