Kate Van Name to head Kent Attainable Housing as executive director

CHESTERTOWN — Kate Van Name has been appointed executive director of Kent Attainable Housing, the nonprofit whose mission is to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in Kent County through homeownership, financial literacy education and community revitalization.

The KAH board of directors announced Van Name’s appointment in a news release.

She has held executive leadership positions in growth-oriented businesses as a founder, president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer in a career that spans more than 30 years.

More recently, she has helped businesses and nonprofits achieve sustainable growth and operational excellence as a board director and consultant, according to the news release.

She also has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

Van Name holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Washington College and a master’s degree in business management from Antioch University.

She is based in Chestertown.

In welcoming Van Name as executive director, KAH board President Taylor Frey said in a statement: “Her energetic leadership style and extensive background in financial management, operational excellence, and scalable and sustainable business models make her an ideal fit for Kent Attainable. We are grateful for her leadership as we launch a new phase of home construction, financial literacy, and community revitalization initiatives in 2024.”

Under Van Name’s leadership, the organization expects to continue to expand its innovative solutions to address the lack of affordable housing while developing extensive partnerships across Kent County, the news release states.

“I am honored to join Kent Attainable Housing on this journey to create positive change,” Van Name said in the news release. “I am deeply committed to the vision of Kent Attainable Housing and eager to lead our dedicated board and team in the pursuit of providing affordable housing solutions. Together, we will work tirelessly to provide sustainable housing opportunities for our Kent County families, so they have a house to call home.”

To find out more about Kent Attainable Housing, see www.kentattainablehousing.org.

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