Habitat for Humanity of Chester County is pleased to announce that Joey Ann Fowkes has been appointed Chief Advancement Officer.  In this newly created position, Ms. Fowkes will be responsible for the organization’s Comprehensive Development Program and will coordinate a major campaign to fund the expansion of Habitat programs to allow more families to have affordable homeownership in Chester County.

Fowkes brings a wealth of nonprofit experience in the management of development programs, charitable gift planning, and major donor relations.  Most recently, she has served as Director of Charitable Estate Planning for the American Heart Association (AHA) for a five-state region including Pennsylvania.  There, she served as the organization’s expert in planned giving, helping donors to make significant charitable gifts that ensure a meaningful personal legacy.  She held a similar position at the American Cancer Society (ACS) for Southeastern Pennsylvania where, as Director of Estate and Asset Planning, she was awarded the High Achiever Award and Global Citizen Award for her exemplary work.  Prior to assuming that role, she served as Program Manager, Quality of Life, for the American Cancer Society in Anchorage, Alaska where she worked with healthcare organizations and volunteers to spearhead the opening of the first Cancer Resource Center in the State of Alaska.  In addition to her nonprofit experience, Fowkes worked with various global for-profit tech companies in management, sales, programs, and operations, bringing both leadership skills and strong business acumen to her new position at Habitat for Humanity of Chester County.

Now in our 30th Year, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County is significantly expanding our current level of construction through the initiation of a 40-unit housing program in West Grove and increased construction activities in Coatesville.   “We are thrilled to welcome Joey to our team at this pivotal and exciting point in our history,” says Andrew Signore, President, Board of Trustees.   “Her experience, enthusiasm and mission-focus will be a great asset as we celebrate 30 years of service to our community and move forward to have an even greater impact in the coming years.”  Fowkes will work with Board members, philanthropic and community leaders, donors, volunteers, and friends to secure the funds needed to increase the organization’s impact on the growing need for affordable housing in Chester County.

Fowkes is a graduate of Alaska Pacific University where she graduated Summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Organizational Management.  Professionally active, her membership activities include Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Philadelphia; Financial Service Providers (FSP); Chester County Estate Planning Council; and Montgomery County and Philadelphia Estate Planning Councils (PEPC) where she also served as Committee Co-Chair for The Women’s Initiative.