Porter-Leath recently promoted Rob Hughes to Vice President of Development, where he will plan and implement a comprehensive development plan to advance the organization’s mission of empowering children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle. He brings 10 years of fundraising experience to his new role.
Hughes leads the funding of programs and services for the 50,000+ local children and families the organization serves. He also supervises Porter-Leath's two largest fundraising events each year —Toy Truck and the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, which have grown to become landmark Memphis community events that raise over $100,000 each for Porter-Leath.
Since joining Porter-Leath in 2009, Hughes has played a key role in organizational growth from an $8M agency with 180 team members to a $30M+ nonprofit with 600 team members. He has helped expand Porter-Leath's Preschool program to include over 6,000 students who receive a high quality education at no charge. He will also direct the combined development teams of Porter-Leath and Books from Birth, which recently merged with Porter-Leath to promote kindergarten readiness for all Shelby County children by providing free, age-appropriate books from birth to age five.
Most recently, Hughes assisted in the capital campaign for Porter-Leath’s Early Childhood Academy, a state-of-the-art preschool and teacher training institute that provides comprehensive early childhood education and support services for 224 students as well as professional training and development for preschool educators. The Academy opened in 2017.
“Since joining us in 2009, Rob has helped Porter-Leath reach some our most important milestones for children and families,” said Sean Lee, President of Porter-Leath. “We are excited to recognize his accomplishments and announce his promotion. Rob's leadership will help Porter-Leath generate the resources it needs to continue to grow and thrive.”
A Memphis native, Hughes earned an MBA from Christian Brothers University and is a graduate of the New Memphis Institute’s Embark program, NEXUS, and Leadership DeSoto.