Washington, D.C. professional graduates from NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2018) – Today, Shelynda Burney Brown, vice president of Real Estate at the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) in Washington, D.C., announced her graduation from the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program in association with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Burney Brown is one of forty-seven leaders to graduate with this Achieving Excellence class – a prestigious and highly selective training program offered by NeighborWorks America in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

“Participating in the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program NeighborWorks was a tremendous aid in showing me the holistic perspectives that come with organizational community development,” said Burney Brown.
Achieving Excellence is a 16-month program for seasoned executive directors and senior-level staff to transform their social benefit organizations for greater impact in their communities. Through this program, Burney Brown specifically addressed one of the most critical challenges facing her organization, identifying and implementing solutions that not only dramatically changed how the organization does business, but also fostered lasting community change.

Since Burney Brown began the program in August 2016, she worked with the leadership team to pursue and secure commitments for $15M of new capital, created a mission/profitability matrix that was adopted as a tool to assess all future development opportunities, and established and defined financial metrics that CPDC will deploy when evaluating capital investments. Achieving these goals further cemented CPDC as a desirable and high-impact partner for its new affiliation with Enterprise Community Investment.

“Shelynda Burney Brown has shown her top-notch skills and long-term dedication to improving our nation’s neediest communities through successful completion of the Achieving Excellence program,” said Jeffrey Bryson, acting president and CEO of NeighborWorks America.

Achieving Excellence includes three formal sessions at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as executive coaching to help the participant transform their organizations into higher performing nonprofits. Participants graduated in January 2018.

“One of the biggest things I focused on was being deliberate and thoughtful about how I could transfer the information I learned through the program to the organization’s best practices,” said Burney Brown. “The program helped me to be more intentional in how I lead my team, and in how I can engage them in the big picture—I built a concept around understanding where I am now and using that perspective as a framework to better understand the direction we’re moving toward.”
For more information about the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence program, go to, or call Lindsay Moore at 202-760-4059.


About CPDC:

A premier provider of affordable housing in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) develops vibrant communities through innovation and partnership, including its new combination with Enterprise Community Partners. Specializing in the acquisition, redevelopment and operation of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families, CPDC owns 30 communities with more than 4,500 apartment homes, and many of its properties offer resident engagement programs that collectively serve more than 9,000 residents. Learn more at

About NeighborWorks America:

For nearly 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. (d/b/a NeighborWorks America), a national, nonpartisan nonprofit, has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $27.2 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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