Ruth Massinga named Solid Ground’s Interim Executive Director

Former Casey Family Programs CEO to lead Seattle anti-poverty
organization through leadership transition period

Ruth Massinga

Today, the Board of Directors of Solid Ground named Ruth W. Massinga, the former President and CEO of Casey Family Programs and former Board Chair of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, as Interim Executive Director.

Massinga has an extensive track record both as a leader and an advocate for helping families, youth and children reach their full potential. She currently co-chairs the Board of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit The Finance Project and serves as a Board member of Philanthropy Northwest. She also serves on national advisory boards and committees addressing education and early childhood development.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ruth to our team,” said Board Chair Lauren McGowan. “She is a distinguished leader who will help Solid Ground increase our capacity to respond to community needs and help people overcome poverty.”

Long-time Executive Director Cheryl Cobbs Murphy left the agency last month.

“Cheryl had a notable career with Solid Ground and guided us through some significant service expansions. Under her leadership we developed permanent affordable housing at Magnuson Park and many other new programs. We are grateful to her for her 26 years of service,” said McGowan.

“With this transition, Solid Ground begins a new chapter of service to the community,” said Frank Chopp, Solid Ground’s Senior Advisor and former Executive Director, who guided Solid Ground’s previous incarnation as Fremont Public Association for more than 20 years.

“Ruth has exceptional organizational skills developed through her leadership in nonprofits and governmental agencies. She will be instrumental in helping develop the leadership needed to continue Solid Ground’s legacy of building a strong community.”

“Ruth has a stellar track record as an advocate for helping families, youth and children achieve their dreams,” said Tony Lee, Solid Ground’s Advocacy Director. “Her vision and guidance will support our work to make Washington State a great place to live for all people, regardless of their economic status.”

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