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Keith Padgett Named Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida announced Keith Padgett, MPA as the organization’s new CEO. The transition became permanent on April 16, 2018. Keith served as the organization’s interim CEO from February 26 until he was unanimously voted in as the CEO at the April meeting of the board of directors. The announcement comes at a pivotal time for the organization, which will celebrate its 44th anniversary in the summer.

“Keith comes to us with a proven history of transitional leadership,” said board president Shannon Elswick. “He knows how to motivate teams, drive change and strengthen community impact. Keith brings a wealth of fundraising, program development, marketing and communications experience to the team.”

Padgett brings more than four decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently as president and CEO of KPA a nonprofit consulting firm focused on mergers, fund development, governance and strategic planning. Prior to his position at KPA, Padgett held president & CEO positions at The First Tee of San Diego and the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito where he doubled the number of children served, increased the annual operating budget five-fold and won awards for the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year.

“With more than thirteen years of experience at Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations, Keith will be a strong asset in the short and long-term as we grow the agency’s brand and invest in making more mentor matches for children here in Central Florida,” Elswick continued.

Having been a Big himself, twice, Padgett understands and is passionate about the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Keith stated, “Through my experience as a Big, I know that helping to unlock a child’s true potential, creates a future where anything is possible.”

“I have been fortunate to work for three of the most effective and visible youth-serving organizations in American. I am excited to be back at Big Brothers Big Sisters and to join the Central Florida team. I have spent my career growing organizations to provide the highest-quality of services and resources to communities”, said Padgett. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Padgett studied Sociology and earned his Masters of Public Administration at National University, San Diego. He also studied at Harvard Business School for Non-Profit Management, San Diego.


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