Interim CEO steps up to lead Highland Park-based social enterprise
Richmond, VA, August 5, 2013—The Board of Directors of Boaz & Ruth announced today that Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Megan Rollins has been named president and CEO. Rollins succeeds founder Martha Rollins, who retired at the end of 2012 after a decade of service to the organization.
“After undergoing an extensive, yearlong, independent search process, we discovered that the leader of Boaz & Ruth was already in our midst,” said Charlie Summers, chair of the board of Boaz & Ruth. “Throughout her time with the organization, Megan has shown an inspiring capacity to balance her core belief in the mission with the business savvy required to execute it — on a day-to-day basis and into the future. We are excited to start our second decade under her leadership.”
Before stepping into the interim CEO role in January, Rollins served as chief operating officer and director of volunteers & community outreach. She has in-depth knowledge and experience in all areas of operations, finance and the mission of Boaz & Ruth, and has worked closely with leadership and funders to set the strategic plan for the organization. Before she joined Boaz & Ruth, Rollins spent eight years with Reico Kitchen & Bath in project management, design and sales.
“It’s an honor to carry forth what Martha and this community have built together,” said Rollins. “In our first decade, we filled up empty spaces and created a presence for Boaz & Ruth in Highland Park. I look forward to deepening relationships with individuals and organizations, especially churches, invested in this community.”
A graduate of Mary Baldwin College, Rollins received the 2012 Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership and was named the Greater Richmond Volunteer Administrator of the Year for 2011. She is a graduate of the Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Program, the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute and the Duke Divinity School Summer Institute.
Since 2002, Boaz & Ruth has renovated a dozen buildings and started six businesses. During the same time period, crime in Highland Park has been reduced by more than 60 percent (Richmond City Police). By renovating storefronts and creating jobs, the social enterprise is revitalizing the economy and the spirit of an entire community. Boaz & Ruth is the recipient of multiple service awards, including the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award, the Huffington Post National JobRaising Challenge, the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award and the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award.
To kick off her new role, Rollins welcomes members of the community to join her for a breakfast meet-and-greet at FireHouse 15 Café at 3011 Meadowbridge Road Fri., Aug. 16 at 8 a.m. and Thurs., Sept. 19 at 8 a.m.
Read our announcement in the Richmond Times Dispatch here.