RI Coalition for the Homeless hires a new Executive Director!
The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless Board of Directors is thrilled to announce its selection of Darryl Kosciak to serve as the agency's new Executive Director.
The Coalition is grateful for the tireless work of its Search Committee, comprised of staff, board members, constituents, as well as external stakeholders. The Committee's exhaustive process resulted in the unanimous selection of our highly qualified new director.
Darryl was raised in Hopedale, MA but has called Greensboro, North Carolina home since 1995. Darryl earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from UNC Greensboro (Teaching and Sport Psychology respectively) and served as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for UNC Greensboro Men's Basketball Team, making two trips to the NCAA tournament.
In 2002, he went to work for the City of Greensboro developing programs for at-risk youth and teenagers leading their Youth First Division. During his tenure with the City he lead the successful development of the community wide collaboration known as the Hope Project. This approximately 30-agency team was designed to curb the growing youth gang presence in Greensboro by providing an effective pro-social alternative to gangs. This project, modeled after similar efforts in Albany, NY; Houston, TX; and Boston, MA, helped to decrease the impact gangs had on Greensboro's youth while also ensuring appropriate responses by local schools, police, and other concerned institutions.
In 2010, Darryl became the Executive Director for Partners Ending Homelessness (PEH) the Collaborative Applicant and Lead Agency for the Greensboro/High Point Continuum of Care (CoC). During his tenure at PEH the Continuum saw tremendous growth in its capacity and ability to end homelessness - increasing the number of people housed annually by approximately 150%, reducing the length of time to return people to housing by 45%, while increasing the overall permanent housing success rate. During this time the Greensboro/High Point CoC was selected to participate in the National Zero:2016 Initiative (Rhode Island is also a Zero:2016 community, with RICH serving as the local convener).
Darryl is married to Stacy Kosciak who is the Senior Associate Athletic Director at UNC Greensboro. They have two wonderful four-legged "children" named Koty and Fenway.