NEW YORK - The board of directors of exalt is pleased to announce that Danielle Brown Fuller has been named executive director effective June 15, 2015.
Ms. Brown Fuller comes to exalt with almost 20 years of leadership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. Most recently, Ms. Brown Fuller served as chief program officer, where her responsibilities included strategic planning, fundraising, and managing the operations, marketing, and quality of programs that serve 4000 youth annually.
"We are extremely fortunate to have selected Danielle Brown Fuller to serve as our executive director," said Lizzie Elston, board president. "Danielle's passion for creating transformative opportunities for youth facing adversity, demonstrated through her long tenure of running high quality programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters, will be a great asset in her role of leading exalt into its next chapter.
Founded in 2006, exalt is modeled on an award-winning program developed by Founder Sonja Okun, who stepped down as executive director at the end of 2014. exalt was established to serve youth along the spectrum of criminal justice involvement. The comprehensive program was designed to inspire significant and positive behavioral change, allowing youth to better recognize the importance of their own self-development, including completing their education.
"exalt successfully supports vulnerable youth to see their potential and engage in their education and personal development, all the while acquiring important skills for finishing school and starting their careers. It does this through its program of structured classes, paid internships, and a strong alumni network, thereby reversing the school to prison pipeline" said Ms. Brown Fuller. "I'm proud to follow Sonja Okun and join exalt's incredible team of employees and board members in this time of opportunity and change."
The board joins Ms. Brown Fuller in commending the excellent efforts and contributions of the staff, led by Interim Executive Director Ellen Carton, who have ensured the continued success of the program during this period of transition. The board would also like to thank the Support Center Partnership in Philanthropy for its assistance and leadership in the executive management transition.