Flemington Community Partnership (“FCP”) is pleased to announce that Ann Meredith, a seasoned business and community development leader, is joining FCP as its new Executive Director. After reviewing over 70 candidates, Paul Marciano, FCP Chair, said, “We are confident that Ann is precisely the innovative, mission-driven and results-oriented leader to continue to build the great momentum FCP has generated in just one short year.”
Meredith was selected by Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell to serve as CEO of Lights of Liberty, Inc., a non-profit which produced Historic Philadelphia’s acclaimed $15 million sound and light show attraction and operated a thriving visitor and retail center. While leading Lights of Liberty, Meredith also organized business and civic leaders to create the Independence Mall Business and Residents Coalition (“IMBARC”), a non-profit for which she served as founding President. Under her leadership, IMBARC was responsible for successful federal and local lobbying efforts and volunteer initiatives that enhanced the accessibility and beautification of the Independence Mall area. When Meredith was recruited from Lights of Liberty in 2007 to lead a merger of three regional Girl Scout councils, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s editorial board penned a tribute that called her “a shining light of Liberty”.
As the first CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Meredith took the helm of an organization that wanted major change. While merging a staff of 150 employees, nine camps, 40,000 volunteers, 45,000 girl members, five service centers and three organizational cultures to create one higher performing entity, Meredith led major operational improvements, dramatically grew earned and contributed income, and opened new pathways for participation. She also collaborated with the national cookie supplier to create the nation’s first “Online Cookie Locator”— featured in Forbes and BusinessWeek — an innovation that resulted in increased sales and changed selling practices nationwide.
“I am thrilled to be joining FCP at a time of so much positive growth and look forward to working with the all of the stakeholders to making Flemington’s exciting, prosperous future a reality,” said Meredith, who will begin her tenure on July 3. Judy Goodwin, the outgoing Executive Director, will serve in a consulting role through the transition period.