Grounded Strategies Announces New Executive Director, Kelly Henderson



Charlie Goodwin

Chair of the Board of Directors

Grounded Strategies



Grounded Strategies Appoints Kelly Henderson as New Executive Director

Pittsburgh, PA – March 26, 2024 – Grounded Strategies, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the social, economic, and environmental health of distressed and transitional communities by building capacity to reclaim vacant and underutilized land, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Henderson as its new Executive Director.

Henderson brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to community self-determination and sustainability. Previously serving as the Director of Programs at Sustainable Pittsburgh, Henderson has demonstrated exemplary leadership in fostering collaborative partnerships, implementing impactful programs, and advocating for equitable and sustainable solutions.

Charlie Goodwin, Chair of the Board, shared, “We received a great deal of  interest in the position from many highly-qualified people. The Board is convinced that Kelly is the best person to lead Grounded into the future. Her expertise and experience will be instrumental in helping Grounded continue to address significant challenges around issues of environmental justice. As we welcome Kelly into the role of Executive Director, the Board would like to profoundly thank Darnell Moses for his dedicated service and leadership as Interim Executive Director.”

In her role as Executive Director, Henderson will oversee the strategic direction of Grounded Strategies, working closely with staff, partners, and stakeholders to advance the organization’s mission of restoring vacant land for productive use and improving community health while creating economic and environmental benefits.

Henderson is eager to begin this new venture and states, “I am humbled by this opportunity to collaborate with community leaders and Grounded’s staff as we move into the organization’s next chapter of land justice work.”

She brings bountiful knowledge and experience to her new role as she is a resident advocate in collaboration with her neighbors and a volunteer partner to borough staff and officials, including serving on the Planning Commission where she lives in Homestead.

A PDF version of this press release can be found here.