The Redmond-based non-profit organization Friends of Youth has tapped Terry Pottmeyer to succeed Joan Campbell as chief executive officer beginning Aug. 1, according to a news release.
Pottmeyer, (along with Susan Kaplan) in April, will be promoted from her current role as chief operating officer. Pottmeyer has also served as chief program manager at Friends of Youth and is a former member of the .
Pottmeyer joined Friends of Youth in 2010.
The nonprofit, based in Redmond, operates overnight youth shelters on the Eastside, offers youth development initiatives, parent education, youth and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, therapeutic foster care, and transitional housing for homeless young people and teen mothers. In Bellevue, Friends of Youth operates Youth Haven, an emergency shelter program for girls age 11 to 17, and The Landing, an overnight shelter for young adults aged 18 to 24 out of the .
According to the news release, the board’s decision to promote Pottmeyer to CEO will ensure a smooth transition of executive leadership, allowing the organization to focus on serving youth and young adults in challenging circumstances while providing new leadership for planned strategic change that will strengthen the agency’s work.
Friends of Youth is a non-profit agency dedicated to supporting youth and their families in King and Snohomish counties, and operates New Ground Kirkland, a transitional housing facility. One of five New Ground facilities operated by Friends of Youth, it provides housing and support in education, employment and health care for six young adults 18-21.
“The Friends of Youth Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Terry Pottmeyer to her new role as the organization's CEO,” said Phil Crocker, Board Chair-Elect of Friends of Youth. “We are all genuinely excited to work with Terry in this new capacity, as we know how instrumental and successful she was in her previous role as Friends of Youth's COO."
Campbell is retiring from the position of CEO, which she has held since 2009. Campbell has worked at Friends of Youth for over 22 years, starting as director of community services and then rising to the positions of COO in 2002 and CEO in 2009.
“Terry has particular strengths that our organization needs. She will be a great ambassador. I am confident that the mission of our organization will be embraced and carried forward under Terry’s leadership,” Campbell said.
Pottmeyer earned a degrees from the University of Washington School of Law and the UW's Foster School of Business.