Robin Hood, the New York City-based anti-poverty organization, has announced that CEO Wes Moore will be stepping down in May.
Moore was tapped to lead the organization in 2017, and under his leadership it raised more than $650 million, restructured and refocused its grantmaking portfolio, expanded into the policy arena for the first time, and launched several initiatives, including Mobility LABs, a national partnership aimed at spurring the development of new solutions to generational poverty, and the Power Fund, an initiative focused on increasing supports for nonprofits led by people of color. Over the past year, the organization helped advance critical COVID-19 relief efforts in New York City, providing a total of $65 million in direct cash assistance and for food and housing assistance, health care, and other urgently needed services, and granted a total of $140 million in support of efforts to address the systemic underpinnings of poverty in New York City.
"I'm so proud to have been CEO of Robin Hood over the past four years. This is the right time to step down for me and my family, but it's also the right time for change for this organization," said Moore. "At its core, Robin Hood is a community of caring and impact. And we have brought together this remarkable team, frontline nonprofits, impactful research, an expanding and committed donor base, policy makers, other funders, community leaders, and more to create lifelines and opportunities for families living in poverty in this critical time. That work continues with speed and urgency."
"Thanks to Wes Moore's transformational leadership, Robin Hood is at the strongest point in our thirty-three-year history," said Robin Hood co-founder and board member Paul Tudor Jones. "We are bigger and stronger than we've ever been, but families are facing unprecedented challenges. We are grateful for Wes's leadership, and we must use the momentum he has created in this work to find the right leader to take us forward."