Chrystal Kornegay, CEO of Urban Edge, Awarded Fellowship from the Barr

Boston, Mass. (November 18, 2014) – Chrystal Kornegay, president and CEO of Urban Edge, has been awarded a fellowship from the Barr Foundation in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to greater Boston.

The Barr Foundation has named a class of twelve Fellows four times since 2005.  Fellows are selected for their outstanding contribution to Boston and their potential to drive positive change for years to come.

“The Barr Fellowship extends from the Foundation’s commitment to invest in effective, visionary, and collaborative leaders,” says Jim Canales, president of the Barr Foundation. “Barr Fellows are leaders who motivate others, drive change, and produce results. We couldn’t be more pleased to introduce the 2015 Class of Barr Fellows.”

The Barr Fellowship includes a three-month sabbatical, the opportunity for global travel, and leadership retreats over three years. Fellows’ organizations also receive financial support to ensure effective interim management during a Fellow’s sabbatical, to promote organizational development, and for mentoring of emerging leadership.

“It is truly humbling for me to be among this group of passionate and experienced leaders,” said Chrystal Kornegay, president and CEO of Urban Edge.  “I’m looking forward to learning new ways of approaching social change leadership and innovation. This fellowship will strengthen Urban Edge’s work as we continue to be an important resource for Boston’s thriving neighborhoods.”

Named president and CEO of Urban Edge in 2011, Kornegay previously served in many roles within the organization for the past eleven years. She was recently asked to serve as a co-chair to Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s bipartisan transition team committee focusing on community, where she will be advising the incoming administration on community engagement. Kornegay has 20 plus years of community development experience, is a 2012 graduate of the Achieving Excellence Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is President of the Board of Directors of Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA.)

About the Barr Foundation

Founded in 1997, the Boston-based Barr Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in New England, with grantmaking focused on providing quality education, mitigating climate change, and enhancing cultural vitality. For more information, visit: www.barrfoundation.org