NEW welcomes Roderick Johnson to the board of directors. Roderick is Vice President and Sr. Commercial Loan Officer at Industrial Bank. He also happens to be a DC native with 30 years of board governance experience.
Asked what attracted him NEW, Roderick has a swift and clear answer: “The work you do to rehabilitate women, give them stability, and help them to be productive members of society.” Why specifically NEW in a city where there are several organizations helping the homeless? “Because homeless women are a fragile population. NEW gets them back up on their feet again, and that is worth supporting.”
Roderick is determined to put his network and experience to use to raise NEW’s profile and encourage more donors to support the organization’s work. He’s also determined to see more NEW alum graduate with greater financial literacy. “You need personal credit to be able to save and buy a house. And that’s the first step to building wealth.”
More than once in the conversation, Roderick uses the phrase “productive members of society.” That is for a reason. “Women in our country graduate in greater numbers, start more businesses, make more financial decisions at home. So when an organization makes more women productive members of society, it is a big deal.”
Indeed. As has been said before by many NEW board members and supporters, ending homelessness is both the right as well as smart thing to do. We are all better off when none of us is without shelter.