Crossroads Foundation announced the selection of Florence Rouzier as the organization’s new Executive Director. The announcement was made by Dean A. Calland, founding shareholder with Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C., and President of the Crossroads Foundation Board of Directors. The decision to hire Florence was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors following a thorough search that was conducted over a three month period this summer.
The mission of the Crossroads Foundation is to nurture the academic and personal development of highly motivated adolescents from economically distressed Pittsburgh communities. Crossroads inspires students to achieve their fullest potential by providing individual support, educational enrichment, and tuition assistance to attend Catholic high school. Working in partnership with family, school and community, Crossroads Foundation cultivates the virtues that encourage young people to attain their goals and become contributing members of our community.
Rouzier has a rich and extensive background that encompasses the private and non-profit sectors, entrepreneurial ventures, and education and youth development. For the last two years she’s led the Education and Youth Development efforts of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. During her tenure there, she co-directed the Black Male Leadership Development Institute and expanded partnerships, enrollment and impact of the participants. She also launched Techno Teens and “Build Your “A” Game” for the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers Academy and developed various outreach, college preparatory and leadership development programs.
“While working at the Urban League, I worked directly with Crossroads Foundation because they would send some of their young men to the Urban League’s Black Male Leadership Development Institute. These young men were stellar and really stood out. From this experience, I became aware of their extraordinary commitment to the young people they serve. I am privileged to have been selected to lead this foundation and look forward to advancing their mission,” said Ms. Rouzier.
Her prior work includes various consulting assignments in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. From 1994 until 2004 she owned and operated Ambiance Boutique in the Regent Square neighborhood of Pittsburgh, which she sold to Bethlehem Haven and is currently under operation by them as a successful social enterprise. Her educational pedigree includes a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo, and master’s degrees from Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University. Ms Rouzier’s dedication to community leadership is evident though her board service with POWER (Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery) and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School.
Florence provided some future perspective on the organization by stating, “Crossroads Foundation is a vibrant organization with a long tradition of excellence. I look forward to working with the Board and staff to create a road map for the next decade. Crossroads is dedicated to shaping and improving the lives of young people in need through education and other supports. I am determined to marshal all our resources to take each of our students to a new level and to bring our mission to more deserving youth in our region.”