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First Step Staffing Names New CEO


First Step Staffing, Inc. is excited to announce that Amelia Nickerson, previously Vice President of Development and Community Relations, has been promoted to CEO for the organization. Amelia joined the First Step team in January 2018 bringing with her more than a decade of experience as a fundraiser, volunteer, and board member for nonprofits across the Southeast. In her new role as CEO, she will help lead efforts in all current markets as well as exploring new opportunities for growth.

Over the last four years, First Step has expanded significantly, opening in three new cities – Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Nashville – with the ability to employ and support thousands of homeless men and women, veterans, and returning citizens annually. In 2019, First Step employed 6,355 unique individuals, of which 5,647 had experienced homelessness, 2,577 were returning citizens, and 295 were veterans. These individuals earned more than $44 million in paid wages. First Step is now the largest nonprofit, alternative staffing organization in the U.S.

The COVID-19 pandemic is both a health and economic crisis, often disproportionately affecting those living in poverty. As the nation responds, we are seeing unemployment rates soar with thousands more facing homelessness and housing instability. Now, more than ever, employment and income will be a critical component to recovery, ensuring our citizens and communities can become stable and self-sufficient.

Amelia stated, “First Step has made significant efforts to navigate through this stressful and uncertain time so that we remain financially strong while also continuing to support our clients and local business hiring needs. We are extremely well positioned to be a leader during recovery efforts, and I am honored to be part of an organization that remains committed to serving those facing some of the toughest challenges in our communities.”

Amelia previously served as an Associate Director at Coxe Curry & Associates, managing capital campaigns, feasibility studies, and general consulting engagements for a range of clients. Prior to joining Coxe Curry, Amelia worked with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Woodruff Arts Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), and Peace Center for the Performing Arts (Greenville, SC). Amelia served as a fundraising consultant for a documentary project with Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra titled Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices, a film on the life, legacy, and music of legendary conductor Robert Shaw. Amelia serves on the Worksource Fulton Board and is Chair of Strategic Partnerships Committee and recently joined the Board of Directors for the Metro Atlanta Exchange for Workforce Development. She is also new member of the National Charity League. She currently lives in Roswell, GA with her husband, Sean, and three children.

Founder and Board Chair Greg Block said, “Since starting First Step in 2007, I have been overwhelmed by the growth, impact and personal stories of resiliency and success I have seen. Our Board recognized the need to find a leader with passion for the mission, an innovative vision, and inexhaustible drive. We have seen all of that from Amelia over the last several years and look forward to seeing what First Step can become under her leadership.”

For more information please contact, Matt Miller, COO at matt@firststepstaffing.com.

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