Relationships, support, and accountability

As the new chief partnership officer at South Carolina First Steps, it was important for me to get out as quickly as possible to meet local partnership executive directors.  Building relationships, providing support, and accountability are the pillars of how the local partnership team will function.  In my short time here, I have been able to visit 13 county partnerships, meeting with the executive directors, board members and staff.  From participating in a meeting with committed board members in Lee County in the Pee Dee region, to seeing local partners come together for a common cause in the Tri-County region, to presenting grant award checks in Lancaster, Lexington, Marlboro, and Newberry Counties, I have met a great group of dedicated leaders who are serving their communities with passion and care.  Being able to see firsthand the impact South Carolina First Steps funding is having in these counties is amazing, and I look forward to continuing to build on these relationships as we strive to make every child reach their fullest potential.

Topics: Local Partnerships


Derek Cromwell

Derek Cromwell is the chief partnership officer at South Carolina First Steps.

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