"Mentorship is one of the classic ways to help someone get started or to get better in a profession. It is a two way relationship in which both people listen intently and reflect while exploring how leadership, core values and entrepreneurship can support a valued common good.”
Rev. Elizabeth Hall, former CEO & President Homeless Solutions


  • Annual 12 month program
  • One-on-one personal and professional development on housing and community subjects
  • Organizational support and state-wide networking 
  • Participants must be organizational members of the Network in good standing

"The Network recognizes that our field is changing, as the founders of community development organizations are passing the baton to a new generation of leaders. Now is the time for that generation to build their strengths and sharpen their skills, so that they have the knowledge and confidence to move their individual organizations and our shared agenda forward."
-Staci Berger, Network President & CEO


  • Senior or executive level positions, or on a board with a leadership position
  • Have a minimum of 10 years' experience in community development
  • Commit to being proactive and engaging coaches for the year


  • Must be organizational members of the Network in good standing
  • Currently in the community development field with an expressed desire to continue in this sector
  • Have a minimum of two years' experience in community development
  • Must be recommended by an executive level professional in his/her organization
  • Commit to being proactive and engaging participants for the year

Our inaugural Mentor class included these accomplished professionals who shared their experience and expertise with our Rising Leaders: 
Patrick Morrissy, retired, former ED of HANDS; Betsey Hall, retired, former President of Homeless Solutions; Darlene Robinson, PNC Bank; Mark McBride, TD Bank 

FEE: A reimbursable fee of $250 is required from mentees upon contract signing, and will be returned upon successful completion of the program.

TIMELINE: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Please direct any general questions to Terri Benson at [email protected]