6 Nov

The Board of Directors of the Executive Service Corps (ESC) of the Greater Triangle is pleased to announce and welcome Kerry Raquel as Executive Director.

Kerry will be responsible for the leadership of ESC coaches and consultants, along with leading ESC staff. According to Board Chair, Craig Landwehr… “ESC is driven to improve the quality of life for All in our community through our unique support of local nonprofits. For over 33 years, ESC has served as a reliable partner in good times and bad with an incredible pool of highly qualified talented, experienced and passionate advisors. Creatively adapting this collective wisdom to the evolving needs of our community will be a critical mandate for Kerry and our entire team.”

Recognized as an accomplished, driven leader with 20+ years of strategic philanthropy and partnership engagements here in our community, Kerry brings a wealth of executive management and resource development experience in the nonprofit world. Most recently, she served as Executive Director/CEO of Communities in Schools of Durham. In addition, she served fourteen years as Executive Director of North Carolina Community Shares. Kerry received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Washington State University and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Duke University.

As a proven leader in the local nonprofit community, Kerry is uniquely qualified for this role, and has the full support of the Board to help us navigate the uncertain climate ahead.

ESC consultants recently completed a structured focus group study of 25 regional nonprofit board chairs, post-pandemic, and found enlightened creativity in adaptation, but also found a high degree of anxiety and uncertainty among nonprofit staff and volunteers. Thus, the need for affordable development and pragmatic application of best practices is probably higher than ever. Several quotes from the report include:

  • “Fundraising has been at a standstill”
  • “Minimal planning is happening right now. It’s more about just survival and maintaining operations as best we can.”
  • “We are striving to get back to a ‘plan-full’ mode, but it’s definitely been a challenge when everything is changing week to week.”

According to Landwehr and Raquel, “ESC of the Triangle is uniquely suited to help regional nonprofits address this contemporary uncertainty, generate aligned action plans,and execute towards sustainability and resilience.”

With over 33 years experience serving Triangle area nonprofits, ESC exists to help nonprofits better achieve their missions, thus improving quality of life in our community. We empower highly qualified volunteer advisors to help address each nonprofit’s specific needs. Typical services offered include: Board Development; Retreat Facilitation; Guided Organizational Assessment; Risk Management; Adaptive Strategic Planning; Executive Coaching; Communications/Marketing; Operations Support; Financial Assessment; and Mergers.

Our 70 professional volunteer coaches and consultants come from a variety of senior management backgrounds in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, government and academia. Nonprofit agencies are charged a nominal fee for services based on their operating budget and contracted scope of work to ensure focus and participation. Because of our deep leadership experience and low overhead, our services are much more effective and affordable than standard consulting. We are part of a national affiliate network of 12 member organizations.