Jenny Fertig
Executive Director

Jenny Fertig, MSA, serves as the inaugural Executive Director of this unique organization.  Previously she served as a university-based administrator overseeing both local and state-wide implementation of initiatives addressing revitalization, minority/small business development and community capacity building.  She also served as the chair of a 17-state consortium of Community and Economic Development professionals working collaboratively on regional projects, and has served on numerous boards and commissions focused on community and equity issues.  Ms. Fertig  has managed 40+ state, federal, and foundation grants and has also been engaged in beta testing pilot projects for many partners including the Northeast Center for Rural Development, the Southern Center for Rural Development and the Northwest Area Foundation.   With her local, state, and national experience in program development, she also brings coalition-based experience as well as strong fiscal and program management expertise.  Her passion and commitment to community success fits well with the team approach that this initiative is built upon.  Jenny re-located in Chesapeake to be near her son and his family who were stationed here.  “I came for a visit and found a home and a tremendous opportunity to do the work I love.  It’s a true honor to work with the many dedicated partners in our Coalition, this experienced Board, and the amazing staff of the 501c(3).”