San Antonio, Texas - State and regional association leaders from across the country selected Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations' (MACDC) President Joe Kriesberg as the winner of their top leadership award. Kriesberg was presented with the Diane Sterner Award for Community Development Association Leadership at the annual summit of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) on November 14 in San Antonio, Texas. The award is named for NACEDA founder Diane Sterner, who led the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey for 23 years.
"It is an honor to be associated with Diane Sterner who has been a friend, mentor and inspiration to me and so many others over the years," said Kriesberg. "One of the great things about my job - and there are many wonderful aspects - is getting to work with so many terrific colleagues, including my many friends in the NACEDA network who have helped me so much over the years."
"Joe was selected for his long-term commitment to the community development field, which has greatly benefited Massachusetts and the community development industry as a whole," said Reymundo Ocañas, director of Corporate Responsibility and Reputation for BBVA Compass, the lead summit sponsor of NACEDA.
As a prominent national spokesman for community-based development, Kriesberg's leadership and commitment to the industry has been invaluable, said Ocañas, who previously served as executive director of the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations.
Kriesberg's contributions to the field include passage of Massachusetts's Community Investment Tax Credit legislation, state funding for the small business program, creation of the Mel King Institute of Community Building Leadership, and dedicated service on the NACEDA board of directors.
NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff quipped, "The role that state community development associations play in the advancement of low-income neighborhoods is critical and truly unique. Our country has more NFL quarterbacks than CDC association leaders. This award demonstrates that Joe is the Tom Brady of his field. It is an honor truly earned. Massachusetts is lucky to have him."
Kriesberg was also elected to a two-year term as NACEDA's Board Chairman at the organization's November 12 annual meeting.