A series of executive organizational changes tied to the evolving maturity of Operation HOPE into our inspiring and forward-leaning business model will be announced this week.
In this regard, I am announcing today that Anita Ward has been named president of Operation HOPE, effective immediately. Anita has served as executive vice president and Chief Transformation Officer for the past two years, leading the organization’s focused renewal around people, partnerships, and programs; operational growth and efficiency; transition to the ‘new HOPE 2.0 business model’, and the relocation of its global headquarters from Los Angeles to Atlanta.
Anita is an acknowledged pioneer in the field of organizational transformation, technology, and change management. Her phenomenal leadership has positioned Operation HOPE to extend our presence through impactful work across the nation and around the world; engaging stakeholders, empowering lives, and uplifting whole communities. She has realigned the organization to purpose and mission at a critical time in its history, and positioned it as an innovator for decades to come. A trusted advisor, I am appreciative of her commitment to serve and lead.
To support this strategic executive appointment and finalize the organization’s headquarters relocation, Dave Matthews has transitioned to general counsel and advisor after serving as Chief Operating Officer since the start of 2017. Rachael Doff, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief of Staff, will continue to head the Office of the Chairman and serve as the organization’s West Coast lead executive.
I am grateful to Dave for his invaluable contribution of leadership over the past year, and to Rachael, a founding member of my executive team, for her unabating dedication to the success of HOPE.
The best is yet to come.