Cape Cod Village has hired Susan Johnson of Dennis to serve as its first-ever Executive Director. In this newly-created position, Ms. Johnson will lead the organization’s efforts to provide quality housing and services for adults on the autism spectrum. Ms. Johnson had previously served on the Cape Cod Village Board of Directors, and was appointed at the organization’s board meeting on October 12th. She will begin her new role immediately.
Ms. Johnson brings a solid background from both the corporate and nonprofit sectors having previously served as Executive Director of the Harwich Ecumenical Council for the Homeless, Executive Officer/Director of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod, and as private management consultant for a multitude of educational and nonprofit organizations including Duke University Medical School, and the American Heart Association. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and holds a Non-Profit Leadership Certificate from Suffolk University School of Public Management. She is the co-founder of Katelynn’s Closet and a member of the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands.
“We were incredibly fortunate to have someone with Susan’s caliber of talent and leadership skills already serving our organization. From the time she joined our board in 2016, she fully-embraced our mission. Working with members of our Finance Committee, she helped us secure grants and loans needed to move forward with our project. When the time came to structure a leadership position for our organization, Susan’s background in housing, fundraising, and proven ability to lead made her the perfect fit. We could not be more excited to have her head our organization as we are set to embark on truly ground-breaking effort to support adults with autism here on Cape Cod,” said Robert Jones, President of Cape Cod Village.
“It’s an exciting time to be joining Cape Cod Village in a more formalized role. We are set to embark on a new phase of our project that has been embraced and supported by every town in the Lower and Outer Cape. We are grateful for this endorsement and financial support and are looking forward to developing an innovative housing community that can serve as national model. To know that our project may some day be replicated in other communities is something we hope the entire Cape Cod community can be proud of.
Cape Cod Village projects to break ground on its innovative housing model in March/April of 2018, and to complete construction by March/April of 2019. It anticipates that residents will move in during the Spring/Summer of 2019.