PATERSON, NJ – Skillfully helping to steer Eva’s Village through a global pandemic has earned Howard Haughton the permanent position of Chief Executive Officer of the expansive non-profit organization that has been serving the Paterson community since 1982.

Earlier this week the Board of Trustees Chairperson Eileen Clifford SC, MD, announced that the Board of Directors has approved Haughton to serve as CEO by a unanimous vote. 

 “Howard has served Eva’s Village as a member of the senior management team through the pandemic, the toughest time in our organization’s 38-year history,” Clifford said. “His experience closely matches the operational, financial, and spiritual goals of Eva’s Village, and his strategic guidance will serve us well as we continue to navigate the challenges ahead.”

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With more than 20 years of business and management experience and more than a decade of nonprofit and humanitarian experience, Haughton has served as a member of Eva’s senior management team as Chief Operating Officer for 14 months prior to assuming the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer in January 2021.

Throughout his tenure at Eva’s Village, the statement read, Haughton has been working to manage and address the logistical and organizational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Haughton succeeded in overseeing and strengthening the accounting, finance, and information technology teams while providing successful supervision to the facilities management, security, and operations departments. As Interim CEO, he analyzed and streamlined administrative and clinical department operations to align with the Board’s mandate to prioritize supportive services to the greater Paterson community across all Eva’s social service programs.

Prior to joining the senior management team at Eva’s Village, Haughton served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Administration for City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, and more recently as the Chief Financial Officer of The Riverside Church in the City of New York. He earned his degree in Business Administration from Stockton University.

Haughton has said that he is a firm believer in community, social service, and the importance of anti-poverty and wellness programs, and presently serves on numerous boards in the local area, including his role as the Board Secretary for the Englewood Public Library. Additionally, he was elected to the Englewood Board of Education in 2012 and served as Board President from 2013 to 2015.

“My goal is to continue Eva’s mission of nearly 40 years, offering connections to comprehensive care, treatment and support at Eva’s Village and in the Paterson community to meet the needs of men, women and children who are struggling with food and shelter insecurity, substance use and mental health disorders, and barriers to accessing medical care and employment opportunities,” Haughton said. “Eva’s Village is an incredibly effective nonprofit organization and I look forward to continuing to strengthen the foundation that makes it possible to effectively serve our community with compassion, hope and healing.”