05/05/2022: Transition of CEO Leadership

PYN Announces Transition of CEO Leadership

PHILADELPHIA — Today the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) announced that its current President and CEO, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, will be resigning on July 1, 2022, after 17 years of service, to pursue new career aspirations. “I wholeheartedly believe in the work of PYN and the many talented colleagues I have had the pleasure of leading,” said Fulmore-Townsend. “It is because the team is so invested in the work that I leave with confidence that the next chapter of PYN will be the greatest chapter yet.”

Under Fulmore-Townsend’s leadership, PYN provided more than 135,500 opportunities to young people in Philadelphia, bringing PYN’s total impact to more than 240,000 opportunities since its founding in 1999. She joined the PYN team in 2005 before moving into a vice presidential role in 2008, and then into the role of President and CEO in 2014. Her work has transformed the employment landscape for youth, building partnerships with non-profits, city and state government, foundations, and many businesses and individuals throughout Philadelphia. 

While serving as President and CEO, Fulmore-Townsend received numerous accolades for her service to the City of Philadelphia. In 2016 she was lauded as a White House Champion of Change for Summer Opportunity under the Obama administration in 2016. She was named among those “quietly changing the non-profit landscape” by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and she was honored as a Women of Distinction for her work with youth during the pandemic in 2020.  Perhaps her greatest accolades lie in the many lives she has transformed throughout her career.

PYN will continue its important and innovative work for youth as it prepares for this transition.  “The PYN Board is grateful for the many achievements of Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend during her tenure at the organization.  Chekemma has built a solid foundation that will serve PYN and the community well as the organization charts its next chapter,” said Debra Friedman, Chair of the Board of PYN.  

About the Philadelphia Youth Network

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) creates education and employment opportunities for youth and young adults. We believe every young person deserves the chance to cultivate their talents and to achieve their dreams. To make more opportunities available to youth and young adults, we: 

  • Build systemic solutions that close gaps in youth serving systems,  
  • Support and train youth-serving organizations to deliver high quality programs that develop academic and career readiness skills,  
  • Engage employers and system leaders to ensure that today’s young people will be prepared to join tomorrow’s workforce, and  
  • Design comprehensive service networks to prepare youth for successful futures in school, work and life. 

For more information, visit www.pyninc.org.

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