Greenwich’s Neighbor to Neighbor names new executive director
GREENWICH — Margaret Tjimos Goldberg is the new leader of Neighbor to Neighbor, a Greenwich-based nonprofit that provides food and clothing to residents in need.
Goldberg became the executive director effective Monday, the board of directors announced Tuesday.
“Neighbor to Neighbor’s partnership with the Town of Greenwich and its schools, businesses and social institutions is a positive reflection of the goodwill and generous spirit of the community and I thought this might be a wonderful match for me, both personally and professionally,” Goldberg said Tuesday evening.
“Working as the new executive director to help Neighbor to Neighbor continue to thrive represents a wonderful opportunity. I am looking forward to working with their extensive team of volunteers, staff and forward-thinking Board of Directors,” she said.
Goldberg has experience working as an administrator in the nonprofit sector, with seven years as executive director of the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale, N.Y., where she oversaw the administration, fundraising and development efforts, community outreach and education programs. She is also a longtime board member of Nonprofit Westchester and the Rotary Club, both in Scarsdale.
“We are both fortunate and excited to have someone with Margaret’s experience and qualifications join us,” said Kip Burgweger, president of Neighbor to Neighbor. “She has the enthusiasm, creativity and focus necessary to achieve the mission and goals of Neighbor to Neighbor and to serve the diverse needs of the community’s underserved population.”
She replaced Mary Beth Minton, who had served as interim executive director since July after the departure of Nancy Coughlin. Coughlin had left to take the job of chief executive officer at Person-to-Person, which serves Stamford, Darien and Norwalk.
Neighbor to Neighbor is a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of residents in need by providing access to nutritious food, clothing and basic living essentials. It runs the only food pantry in Greenwich, where clients have access to a selection of fresh produce, eggs, milk, meat and other nonperishable items. Neighbor to Neighbor’s Clothing Room displays new and gently used clothing and linens. Clients are referred by local human services organizations and houses of worship.
Nearly 30 percent of Greenwich households have an income less than what is needed to cover basic necessities, and 20 percent of Greenwich Public Schools students qualify for free or subsidized lunches.
As Goldberg stepped into her new role, organization leaders thanked interim executive director Minton for her time at the agency.
“Mary Beth (Minton) provided strong, indeed invaluable, leadership during the transition,” said Burgweger. “We are very grateful that Mary Beth devoted her substantial time and talent to Neighbor to Neighbor to ensure that the impactful work we do for the community continued seamlessly and effectively.”
For more information on the nonprofit, visit www.ntngreenwich.org.