Get to know PNLV Board Member William Coles

Bill Coles1. How long have you been a member of the PNLV board of directors and why did you join?

As one of the founders in 2007, I was attracted to the compelling need to help young people build proper habits of learning to reach their academic potential and open their future for unimagined opportunities.

2. What about the Promise Neighborhoods mission and the work that the organization does in the Lehigh Valley community is most important to you?

The excitement of PNLV is rooted in the possibility that many partners with different skills and resources can collaborate to solve and improve our community. Since moving to the Valley in the 1980s we have seen and been engaged with many one-off initiatives that have made improvements to infrastructure, commerce and human conditions. The PNLV model is a unique way to do all three with multiple owners.

3. What is the one thing that you want residents of our region’s three Promise Neighborhoods to know about the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors and its commitment to its mission?

One of the biggest challenges in leading a multifaceted organization is resisting the temptation to be hands on with every detail. Our board understands and is focused on setting a travel plan, not steering the vehicle. Our team has the experience and skills to set a clear and logical plan to achieve the goals of each of our neighborhoods. We are committed to listening to our neighbors, to partnering with the best providers, aligning to shared outcomes that make our neighborhoods safe and prosperous, and to a foundation for personal achievement.

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