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Gary A. Officer
Gary A. Officer is the Vice President of Global Engagement and Chief Development Officer at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 2006-2013, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rebuilding Together, Inc., the nation’s largest volunteer-based homeownership preservation non-profit, and fourth largest remodeler. During his tenure, Mr. Officer successfully grew Rebuilding Together from an operating budget of $3.5 million to $23 million dollar, and successfully placed over $80 million and leveraged an additional $250 million in public and private capital in support of housing community revitalization projects for our nation’s needy. Officer previously led the Associated Black Charities (ABC), a Baltimore based regional philanthropic organization.

Mr. Officer has served as President of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the national foundation supporting credit union development in the United States. During his three-year tenure at NCUF, Mr. Officer successfully grew a $370 million community investment fund that provided grants, loans and, secondary capital, to credit unions and related organizations throughout the United States.

As an affiliate of the Credit Union National Association, National Credit Union Foundation promotes and manages credit union development and consumer savings programs on behalf of CUNA and the US credit union movement. The Foundation also manages the National Development Education Volunteer Program.

Prior to joining the National Credit Union Foundation, Mr. Officer worked as a leader in the affordable housing sector in the United States. During that time, he served in the capacity of President and CEO of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, and as Director of Asset Management at Lakefront SRO Corporation in Chicago.
Mr. Officer earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) Political Science from the Manchester Metropolitan University, England, in 1988 and, a Master of Science MSc (Econ) International Relations from the London School of Economics in 1990. In 2012, Officer completed the Advanced Management and Leadership Program (OAMLP) at the Said Business School at Oxford University.

Entries by Gary A. Officer

Revitalizing Cities for All Residents

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 5:36 PM

As a proud expatriate from London, now living in the United States, I welcome my periodic visits to that wonderful city with youthful excitement. However, recent visits to London have forced me to finally yield to a new reality. My beloved city has undertaken a quite amazing transformation. The metamorphosis...

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Profit and Generosity Aren't a Zero-Sum Equation -- They're Reinforcing Values

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Global philanthropy as a tool for driving business growth is a phenomena that is truly unique to the United States. It is inspired by genuine acts of compassion by the donor. It is also inspired, at the very least, by our corporations as the fulfillment of their enlightened self-interest.

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Are You a Proactive Giver, or a Reactionary Giver?

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:50 AM

The holiday season has increasingly taken on an air of unbridled consumerism. Holiday spending by consumers during this period is often used by economists as a barometer on the health of our economy. Consumer spending rather than religious reflection appears to be the modern epoch's motivation for the festive holiday...

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Partnerships in the Aftermath of a Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 2:00 PM

The images of the past month are all too familiar of a natural disaster's aftermath: homes destroyed, roadways and storefronts flooded, and families seeking refuge. Hurricane Sandy eviscerated parts of the Eastern seaboard and left communities and families to deal with the utter state of loss.

It is, perhaps,...

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Fourth Quarter: A Sprint to the Line

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 1:06 PM

Labor Day welcomes the well-known transition from summer to fall and simultaneously requires us to adapt from summer's casualness to fall's academic formality. One of the many reasons we consent to this transformation is due in part to the period following Labor Day: The fourth quarter.

It is widely...

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A Summer's Journey

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 2:12 PM

The summer months are often a time for rest and reflection. It is the time of the year when businesses traditionally enjoy their slowest period, and the season when families typically enjoy their annual vacations. This summer, I enjoyed the privilege of spending a month at that Cathedral of higher...

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Heroes at Home: A Celebration of the American Spirit

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 2:42 PM

Launched five years ago at a critical time in the country when the continued care of our nation's returning veterans was in jeopardy, Heroes at Home is Rebuilding Together and Sears' flagship housing program assisting veterans. Heroes at Home responds to the rising housing and living needs of...

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Female Veterans: The Invisible Soldier

(5) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 9:07 AM

What comes to mind when you think of veterans?

What comes to mind when you think of a struggling head of the household, hardly able to afford basic home maintenance?

Despite our preconceived notions of the typical veteran, or the struggling homeowner, there is a burgeoning segment of the population...

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A Month of Rebuilding, a Month of Service

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 12:11 PM

"Working with Rebuilding Together is great, it has kept me alive."

Sol Goldstein is not a homeowner Rebuilding Together has assisted in its 25 years of service to homeowners-in-need. Sol is one of the original founders and directors of the national housing nonprofit's Long Island affiliate....

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Home for the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 9:53 AM

As the leader of a national nonprofit organization, I often think about the importance of individual giving to charitable causes. It is an exceptional and admirable characteristic of American culture, and these organizations depend on the generosity of people in order to achieve their work.

According to a report by...

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A Journey to 1000

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 10:37 AM

As it is often quoted, but nevertheless relevant, "The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." This ancient adage, coined by Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, has transcended millenniums to still be referenced during decisive moments.

Our journey of a 'thousand miles' began against a backdrop of a...

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Labor Day's Esprit de Corps: The American Worker

(9) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 10:20 PM

Every year, Labor Day serves as the perfect bookend to summer fun. It marks the time when we prepare our children for the start of school and prepare ourselves for the hustle of our work lives. Labor Day acts not only as the official close to summer, but at its...

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What We Shouldn't Leave to Debate: Our Nation's Priorities

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 2:45 PM

Recently, I visited three communities which wholly capture the majesty of our country. Barnum finds itself surrounded by the mountains of Colorado, San Fernando Valley lies close to the spectacular Pacific Ocean, and the Bronx is a borough of our nation's biggest city. Yet, for all their differences in geography,...

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Memorial Day: A Celebration of our Heroes at Home

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2011 | 11:55 AM

Memorial Day is often a time for us to pause and reflect on the incredible sacrifice made by our brave men and women who paid the ultimate price during the course of their service to our great country. Originally called Decoration Day, this holiday serves as a day of remembrance...

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Rebuilding America Through Volunteerism; National Rebuilding Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 2:03 PM

Many great stories begin with humble beginnings.

30 years ago, a small church in Midland, Texas, recognized the dire housing needs of local community members whose homes had fallen into dangerous disrepair. The ministry adapted a volunteer model to address the destitution: recruiting local volunteers to provide critical home...

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Social Entrepreneurship: A Currency for Change

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 3:31 PM

Last week, I had the privilege of joining a distinguished bi-partisan audience at the Kennedy Center to celebrate the life of President George H.W. Bush and his work to renew our nation's national appeal for volunteerism through his Points of Light Institute organization. This week, I am at Oxford University,...

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Second Chances

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 3:43 PM

Army veteran Waldemar Alameda, 40, served our country with distinction in multiple tours of Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Following 17 years of service to his country, Alameda became permanently disabled by an IED explosion while serving as a staff sergeant in Tikrit, Iraq in 2007. He was about two...

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Find the Recession's Silver Lining: Thousands Volunteer To Rebuild Homes

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 11:31 AM

When Jose Castro moved to Dallas from San Luis Potosi, Mexico 10 years ago, he and his family wanted nothing more than the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. Jose worked tirelessly, holding down a steady job and becoming a U.S. citizen. He was even able to save enough to...

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