It is my pleasure to share with you that Keeley Forrestel has joined the What If Foundation as our new Executive Director. Keeley is a seasoned nonprofit executive with a wealth of experience in fundraising, community outreach, and program management, and a deep understanding of working with community organizations.
In her last role, Keeley addressed food insecurity and youth development as the Executive Director of the East End United Community Center in Southwestern Pennsylvania. During her tenure, she grew individual contributions sixfold and increased operational revenue by 30%. Keeley’s interest in Haiti and social justice also runs deep. She studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Florida, concentrating on Haitian Studies, and an MA in Social Justice and Human Rights from Arizona State University.
“When I visited Haiti in 2009, I was awed by the richness and beauty of Haitian culture — one built on resistance, creativity, and the fight for justice. I was then inspired by the amazing work of people like Margaret Trost and Dr. Paul Farmer who understood that improving individual lives lifts entire communities.”
It’s an honor and privilege to join the What If Foundation and work in solidarity with our Haitian partners to make a difference in the Ti Plas Kazo community of Port-au-Prince. I know that every life we touch through our programming has the potential to create the positive change that Haitians are working towards. I look forward to getting to know our donors and supporters and to leading this wonderful organization in this new chapter.”
I am sure Keeley will be an excellent Executive Director and will confidently lead the foundation in these unprecedented times. I will be working closely with her and our team over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition. I will remain as Chair of the Board of Directors and I look forward to staying connected with you in that capacity.
Thank you for being part of the What If Foundation family and for keeping the children of Haiti in your heart in these challenging times.
With gratitude and appreciation,
What If Foundation