Orlando, FL – December 29, 2015 – Ability Housing is pleased to announce Kimberlee Riley as the new Regional Director in Central Florida. Riley brings more than twenty years of experience in the independent sector and has spent fifteen years working with multi-sector partnerships, most recently as the Assistant Director of Orange County Regional History Center in the Family Services department.

Riley will work with the Ability Housing team to facilitate the agency’s expansion into the Central Florida community; developing strategic partnerships with programmatic partners, aligned systems of care, local government, and community partners essential to fulfilling the mission.

“I am honored to join the talented team of Ability Housing as Central Florida Regional Director.” Riley said. “Through my experience I have gained insight into the true plight of our homeless neighbors. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to broaden my efforts and impact through this role; and join our area leaders and partners in achieving ambitious goals to reduce homelessness in our Central Florida communities. I hope to bring my experience developing sustainable revenue strategies and leveraging resources through partnerships to the current area efforts; along with my passion for helping our homeless veterans, persons with disabilities, young persons, and families.”

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Trade and Economics from Auburn University, Riley joined the Sea World Corporate offices in Orlando and eventually became one of the first Business Analyst team members for Sea World of Florida. She moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she managed earned revenue for Missouri Botanical Garden and then became Vice President and COO for Jefferson National Parks Association, a non-profit public land partner, where she helped to grow the organization’s fundraising programs and partnerships throughout the Midwest. Her career encompasses  developing sustainable earned and donated revenue strategies, strategic planning, communications, governance, and partnerships.

“We are so pleased to have Kimberlee join our team. Her existing connection to the Central Florida region is essential to helping Ability Housing embrace its expansion into the area; and enabling us to have the greatest impact possible with all of our efforts,” said Shannon Nazworth, Ability Housing’s executive director. “We are committed to the Central Florida region and its success. Kimberlee will help us identify key partnerships and opportunities to realize true collective impacts.”