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KYC’s CEO Announcement

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After a comprehensive nationwide search, Kenneth Young Center’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce our selection of Grace Hong Duffin as our next President and Chief Executive Officer. Effective immediately, Grace will lead KYC’s mission and strategy to ensure our growth and continued success. Grace joined KYC in March 2016 as Chief Operating Officer, working closely with the Executive Leadership team and the Board of Directors to build efficiencies and new business opportunities for KYC.

In partnership with executive search firm Kittleman and Associates, KYC conducted a thorough search over the last three months, receiving over a hundred applications nationwide. Candidates were carefully vetted and top candidates were interviewed multiple times by KYC’s Board of Directors.

Grace is a strategic leader, with significant experience working at the State of Illinois in various roles including Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the Governor and Chief of Staff for the Department of Human Services. Grace also previously worked as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney for 8 years helping victims and communities impacted by crime.

Together with her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, her law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and an advanced graduate degree from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Grace’s experience, expertise, innovation, and driven passion for building KYC’s long-term sustainability and growth set her apart as the ideal candidate.

KYC would like to thank and recognize Donna Moriarty for serving as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for the past three months. Moving forward, Donna plans to continue to serve the agency as a volunteer. Donna, we are extraordinarily grateful for your wisdom, kindness, support, and passionate commitment for KYC. Your dedicated service gave our Board of Directors the time to identify and secure the right leader for our future success. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for KYC.

Please join KYC in congratulating Grace on her new role and expanded leadership!

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