SOMERS, N.Y. -- Ossining's Bridges to Community has selected John Hannan of Somers as its new executive director.
Bridges to Community is an international, nonprofit organization that sends service-learning delegations to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic building cross-cultural understanding while improving the lives of the impoverished communities they visit, according to a press release.
Hannan is set to lead and implement the new vision and goals the group's board recently approved, "expanding on Bridges’ mission to build a more just and sustainable world through service learning and community development," representatives said in the release.
“Hannan’s diverse skill set and professional experience are exactly what our organization needs as we move into our third decade of service and we're lucky to have him join Bridges at this pivotal moment," said Bridges to Community board chair Frank Pepe in the release. "He's a proven leader on strategic planning, sustainable economic development, volunteer management and fund raising, and that's a great fit for Bridges."
Hannan said it was an honor to join the nonprofit group.
“I have had a longtime connection to the social justice work in Central America having led delegations, developed on-going 'sister' relationships with communities while promoting human rights in Central America and the demilitarization of the region," he said. "What attracts me to Bridges is the people to people connection that creates common understandings across cultures while building long-term sustainable growth for our partners in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic."
Bridges to Community is made up of people from different cultures, countries, ages, professions and socio-economic backgrounds who "work together to build relationships of empathy, respect and support," representatives said in the release.
“My first trip was a great success," Hannan said in the release, of his trip to Nicaragua. "I had the opportunity to meet with Westchester delegations from Bedford Presbyterian Church, Temple Shaaray Tefila and Congregation B'Nai Yisrael who were there helping Bridges build houses, schools and clinics. I crossed more than half the country and saw more than sixteen projects. I spoke with adult members of the Westchester group who almost all shared the same thought, that this trip was one of the most meaningful events in their lives.”
Hannan was the National Audubon Society’s Connecticut director of external affairs in Greenwich, according to the release. He lives with his wife and two children in Somers.