Today, the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together announced that after an extensive nationwide search, it has elected Charles S. Shimanski as president and chief executive officer (CEO). Charley will join Rebuilding Together on August 26, 2013.
As president and CEO, Charley will have responsibility for the overall management of Rebuilding Together. He will be responsible for developing, establishing and implementing strategic goals for the organization moving forward and will be the key liaison to our nearly 200 affiliates across the nation, working with them to develop resources and services to help better serve our communities through safe and healthy housing. He also will serve as the primary spokesperson and national fundraiser for Rebuilding Together.
Charley’s strong experience and knowledge of nonprofits, fundraising, affiliate relationships, and disaster recovery will help guide Rebuilding Together to best serve our vision of a safe and healthy home for every person. He has the leadership and relationship-building skills necessary to engage with stakeholders to best steward the needs of our affiliate network and bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in need.
Charley joins Rebuilding Together from the American Red Cross, where he has served since 2008. He worked at Red Cross national headquarters since 2010, most recently as a senior vice president of Development and as senior vice president of Disaster Services. Prior to that, Charley was CEO of the Red Cross regional office in Denver. During his tenure at the Red Cross, Charley created and implemented fundraising campaigns, led major disaster relief programs and worked closely with affiliate organizations.
Prior to the Red Cross, he was president and CEO of the Colorado Nonprofit Association from 2004-2008. From 1993-2004, Charley served as the executive director of The American Alpine Club in Colorado.
Charley is the author of several guidebooks on nonprofit excellence and individual giving. He served on the National Advisory Council for the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA and on the National Advisory Council for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University in 2011. Shimanski received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
In addition to welcoming Charley, I also want to take a moment to thank John Fiegel for his service to Rebuilding Together. Since joining Rebuilding Together in January as the interim president and CEO, he has kept us focused on our mission and has provided wise counsel during a time of transition. We wish him the best going forward.
Chairman of the Board
July 30, 2013