The Wanda Alston Foundation, which operates the city’s Wanda Alston House for homeless LGBT youth, announced on Tuesday that its board has named Ken Pettigrew as the foundation’s interim executive director.
“Ken recently served as the director of programs for the Wanda Alston Foundation and has extensive experience in program management, fundraising and advocacy for the LGBTQ community,” said Christopher Dyer, chair of the foundation’s board, in a March 11 statement.
Dyer said that prior to joining the Alston Foundation, Pettigrew served as Chief of Programs at the local D.C. group Metro Teen AIDS and as Senior Program Director of the local HIV/AIDS services group Us Helping Us-People Into Living.
In a separate action, the board promoted Lisa Dupree, who had been serving as the Alston Foundation’s director of operations to become director of programs and operations, according to Dyer.
“Brian Watson, previous executive director, has resigned to pursue other opportunities,” Dyer’s statement says. “The board thanks him for his service and wishes him success in his future endeavors.”
Dyer said the Alston House is operating at full capacity with eight residents and has a waiting list for youth seeking to move into the facility.