“When working with people experiencing homelessness, it’s critical to open a window of opportunity and reach into it quickly to successfully inspire change. If we can open that window even a crack, we can set in motion an endless opportunity to thrive. One of the most inspirational parts of my job is to see the glimmer of hope this opportunity creates-and to see how that bit of hope fuels personal growth and self-sufficiency.”
Jimiyu teamed up with PCCI in 2008 and now the Co-CEO will continue to direct PCCI’s programs, oversee our culture, manage the facility, evaluate program performance and provide support with board development, business management and strategy, fundraising, and community relations.
He started his career working with juvenile delinquents as a therapeutic assistant, team leader and then unit coordinator at DISC Village “JUST Program” in Florida and Lima Juvenile Detention Center in Pennsylvania. Jimiyu then rose to Social Services Supervisor at the Douglas County and then Carroll County Departments of Family and Children Services. In those roles, he partnered with community agencies to develop and implement best case practices in homeless service delivery.
A sought after thought-leader, Jimiyu has presented at organizations like the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and the Global Health and Humanitarian Summit.
“As a leader, my job is to create opportunities for people to make a positive impact in the community, and to inspire and build a team that has the power and resources to give each of our clients realistic opportunities to reach their potential for self-sufficiency.”
Leading PCCI’s efforts since 2009, Margaret continues to manage all core PCCI agency activities including leadership and board development, business management and strategy, operational support, staff management and development, financial management and fundraising, community relations and human resources as the Co-CEO.
Margaret’s career path has been a steady, continuous progression of ever-increasing and broadening experience, expertise and responsibility-and includes research and analysis, fundraising, and operations and director level roles in organizations like the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, DeKalb County Police Department, YWCA of Greater Atlanta, Office of Homeland Security and PRISM, Progressive Redevelopment Inc.’s property management affiliate.
Each job in Margaret’s career trajectory prepared her, step by step, for her continued leadership as the Co-CEO by giving her a deep and comprehensive view of the many aspects of running a high-profile, mission-driven organization dedicated to ending homelessness. Margaret received her Master of Public Administration from University of Georgia. In 2012, the White House named Margaret a “Champion of Change.”