ACHIEVA President and CEO to retire at the end of 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ACHIEVA President and CEO Marsha Blanco will retire from Pittsburgh-based nonprofit ACHIEVA at the end of the year. Marsha has been president and CEO of ACHIEVA for 38 years. The nonprofit organization, which serves individuals with disabilities and their families, has hired a Washington, D.C., based search firm to help look for the next president and CEO. It expects to begin interviews in July, according to ACHIEVA. 

"Serving as ACHIEVA's CEO has been a highlight of my life. ACHIEVA is like my third child," she said in a statement. "It has been such a privilege for me to have had the opportunity to provide leadership to such an extraordinary organization."  ACHIEVA was founded in 1951 and has grown to include ACHIEVA Support, ACHIEVA Resource, ACHIEVA Family Trust, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh and The Arc of Westmoreland.

Blanco, a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was named a 2013 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania and has served as a consultant to more than 100 nonprofit organizations over her career. She was a 2011 Diamond Award winner, an honor bestowed by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

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