Over 35 years Greenman has led transformative changes at The Family Partnership. She will continue to lead the organization until June 30, 2022.
The Family Partnership announced today the retirement of President and CEO Molly Greenman in 2022 after 35 years at the organization. Greenman will continue to lead the organization until June 30, 2022, to ensure a smooth transition with her successor.
Greenman joined The Family Partnership in 1986, and became CEO in 2004. Under her leadership, The Family Partnership has deepened its work with families and communities impacted by multigenerational inequity and trauma, and transformed its programs and services to clear the path for family success.
Highlights of Greenman’s tenure include, in part:
- Focusing The Family Partnership’s work as an early adopter of brain science informed approaches, leading to the development of the Executive Functioning Across Generations™ curriculum. This year, the Minnesota Council on Nonprofits (MCN) recognized The Family Partnership with its Mission Award for Innovation. National pilots of the intervention are underway through a collaboration with the Harvard Center on the Developing Child Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) and other partners.
- Leading the organization through a name change in 2010, landing on The Family Partnership, which underscores “partnership” as a core value in every aspect of the organization’s work. She has a history of bringing groups of people together to advocate for policy and systems change.
- Leading 70+ statewide partners to successfully enact Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Law for Sexually Exploited Youth. This has resulted in more and better interventions for vulnerable youth in the state.
- Expanding mental health therapies with an emphasis on meeting people were they are at. The organization has helped increase the number of clinical social workers from BIPOC communities while providing services to underrepresented communities (BIPOC, new immigrants, refugees and LGBTQ+).
- Merging in 2011 with Minneapolis-based nonprofit, Reuben Lindh Family Services strategically expanding The Family Partnership’s reach to early childhood and parenting development. Included were two multicultural preschools—the North Minneapolis preschool, centered in the African-American community; and, Four Directions early learning center, anchored in the American Indian community.
- Adopting a holistic, 2Gen approach (working with parents/caregivers and their children) and expanding to serving the whole family across all program areas.
- Piloting an evidence-based economic mobility programming in 2018 and then expanding this coaching approach across all programs.
Greenman co-founded the Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities (MACC) CommonWealth in 2007, an innovative model of shared administrative services that serves over 50 partner community-based organizations in Minnesota. It is the only administrative services provider in the Twin Cities run by and for nonprofits.
A national nonprofit sector leader, Greenman served from 2018-2021 as chair of the National Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Board of Directors, a national network of more than 400 human-serving organizations. Her term ended by helping steward the merger of The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation (Alliance-COA), into a new organization Social Current.
Securing the Organization’s Future
Greenman’s strategic and persistent leadership resulted in a successful $23 million Building for Better Futures capital campaign and the construction of a new headquarters and resource center. Earlier this year, The Family Partnership relocated to 1527 E. Lake Street, at the intersection of Bloomington Ave.
The Family Partnership has intentionally located where families the organization serves reside in south and north Minneapolis. The new resource center is part of revitalizing the Lake Street corridor and has a flexible design that can adapt to changing community and program needs in the future.
“The organization is well positioned for the future, with strong board and staff leadership. I can’t wait to see the next chapter unfold, as The Family Partnership continues to support vulnerable children and families and advocate for systemic changes to create a better more equitable future for all Minnesotans. ”Molly Greenman
Tommy Hillman, Chair of The Family Partnership Board of Directors said, “Molly’s visionary leadership has provided inspiration and set a standard of excellence at The Family Partnership for over 35 years. Most recently, her steady spirit and commitment has stabilized and energized the organization during the transition into our new building and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Molly, The Family Partnership is on a path to continue building better futures for families in need, as it has done since 1878.”
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