May 7 at 2:15pm

Interfaith Community Services selects new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Interfaith Community Services is pleased to announce the selection of Greg Anglea as the agency’s new executive director.

Anglea (pronounced Angel), the current director of major gifts for California State University San Marcos, will be returning to Interfaith, where he worked from 2006 to 2011, first as faith liaison and volunteer coordinator, then director of development.

“Greg is intimately familiar with the operations of Interfaith and well-acquainted with our donor base as well as the philanthropic community in North County,” stated ICS Board Chair, Christine Carrick. “He will be a great fit for the organization and the board couldn’t be more excited about Interfaith’s future.”

Anglea’s career has been devoted to helping others. After graduating in June 2003 with a B.A. in political science from University of California, San Diego, he worked at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, first as an intern, then as coordinator of the internship program.

While at Interfaith Community Services, he substantially increased fundraising receipts, cultivating and strengthening relationships with supporting faith centers, community leaders and philanthropists. In 2009, in the midst of the Great Recession, Anglea led a $4.5 million capital campaign to eliminate Interfaith’s mortgage debt in its housing programs, freeing money for use on direct services.

The campaign, scheduled to be a two-year effort, reached its goal in 13 months.

“The ‘Lifting Up Our Neighbors’ campaign was successful because community and business leaders resoundingly endorsed Interfaith’s wrap-around services to help people in crisis” said Anglea. “Our friends and supporters understood the need, and they generously invested in an opportunity to permanently reduce program expenses.  As a result, more people have been helped, and our region is stronger.”

Anglea moved to California State University San Marcos as its director of special and major gifts in May 2011. He was promoted to Director of Major Gifts the following year. Among his accomplishments in that capacity was securing donations to launch the Alliance to Accelerate Excellence in Education, a regional guaranteed-admission program that provides a path to college for low-income, under-served youth.

He is recognized as a premier fundraiser and recruiter of staff members, volunteers and donors. Anglea has served as a board member of the North County Philanthropy Council since January 2009, and is currently vice president of the board of directors.

Anglea received his M.A. degree in leadership and nonprofit management from University of San Diego in May 2009. He also earned a certificate in fundraising management in 2007 from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy.

“The genius of Interfaith Community Services is people of all faiths coming together to help others,” commented Anglea. “This organization was founded with a collaborative, ‘partnership-positive’ attitude, and that’s something we will strengthen even further in the months and years ahead.”

In addition to increasing Interfaith’s focus on collaboration and community partnerships, Anglea and the Interfaith Board of Directors will be immediately entering into a strategic visioning process to best support the many ways Interfaith helps people in the community.

“It is inexcusable for a family to go hungry, or for a Veteran to be homeless. In order to address these regional problems we need regional support, participation, and partnerships. People want to be self-sufficient. They want to feed their children and they want a roof over their head, but sometimes, crushing hardships lead to devastating realities. Working together we can provide a hand-up to those in crisis,” stated Anglea. “That’s where we, as a compassionate community, are called to help.”

Anglea’s first day on the job will be May 27. Interfaith will be hosting an open house to welcome Greg to his new role on May 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at its headquarters, The Betty and Melvin Cohn Center at 550 West Washington Avenue in Escondido. RSVP for the open house by emailing Bob Adams, Development Director, at radams@interfaithservices.org.