Danvers, MA — With an ever-growing impact and reach, the Essex County Community Foundation has expanded its staff and named Jo Kadlecek of Beverly as its new director of communication.
“The flood of good news coming out of the 2,500 nonprofits in Essex County touches all of us. These stories have to be told; they’re inspiring,” said Dave Welbourn, president and CEO of the Essex County Community Foundation. “Jo brings over 25 years of experience as a reporter, writer, educator and public relations professional to ECCF. She’s been an advocate for all types of nonprofits and has a keen sense about how to tell their stories.”
Kadlecek comes to the Community Foundation from Gordon College in Wenham where she served as the senior writer and journalist in residence over the past eight years. While there, she founded the Gordon College News Service with advanced journalism students, many of whom reported for local newspapers on leaders or events in nonprofit organizations across the North Shore. She also coordinated media relations for the faculty, placing dozens of editorials in regional publications, and managing a blog of their achievements and scholarship.
Before coming to the North Shore, Kadlecek lived in New York City where she wrote and edited for Columbia University, World Relief, and other national organizations and magazines. She has taught writing classes and workshops on college campuses and conferences throughout the country. Locally, she has written for the Salem News, the Boston Globe, the Hamilton Wenham Chronicle, New England Psychologist and North Shore Magazine. She is also a volunteer with the Beverly Cultural Council, the Salem Film Fest, and NorthPoint Church in Danvers.
“I’ve fallen in love with the people and places of Essex County,” Kadlecek said. “It’s a joy and privilege to join the good work of ECCF in connecting leaders in philanthropy to the imaginative work of nonprofits who daily improve the quality of life for everyone here. Their stories are profound, and ECCF provides the ideal opportunity to tell them so that others may benefit. I’m eager to hear more and to help get the word out about all that’s happening in our region.”