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Michael Marsh departing Fair Housing Center

 

By Kevin Milliken, La Prensa Correspondent

 

One of the Latino community’s biggest supporters is leaving the Toledo area after decades as a fair housing advocate, bound for a new challenge in Hawaii.
 

Michael Marsh officially announced his departure as president and CEO of the Toledo Fair Housing Center on Friday, June 15, 2018. He will take the same position with another nonprofit, Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii. He will begin his new duties on August 1.



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“It will be difficult to replace Michael and his depth and breadth of knowledge of fair housing and our community,” said Louis Escobar, Fair Housing Center board of director’s chairman. “We wish him well in his new endeavors and believe that engaging in a thoughtful strategic planning process will provide a framework to identify the skill set we need in a new leader to carry out the board’s vision and the agency’s mission.”

 

The Fair Housing Center is hiring a consultant to assist in the strategic planning process and launch a national search to replace Marsh, who will continue to assist the agency through the transition process to ensure seamless continuity of operations.

 

“During my tenure in fair housing, I witnessed a shift in demographics from race-based complaints t disability,” said Marsh. “I worked over the past five years to more closely align The Fair Housing Center with other agencies, such as the Ability Center of Greater Toledo and the Toledo-Lucas County Commission on Disabilities. The work I’ve done in fair housing and the disability services community in Toledo will serve me well in my new role.”

 

Marsh has been associated with The Fair Housing Center for more than two decades, starting as a volunteer in 1996. He is regarded as a civil rights champion in both the Latino and African-American communities.

 

The Fair Housing Center works to eliminate housing discrimination, promote housing choice, and create inclusive communities of opportunity. The nonprofit group conducts education and outreach, housing counseling, advocacy for non-discriminatory housing policies, research and investigation, and enforcement actions.

 

Two of the nonprofit organization’s largest court settlements have occurred under his leadership, resulting in the reinvestment of more than $5 million in Toledo’s urban core to revitalize and support homeownership in underserved neighborhoods.

 

“The Fair Housing Center has served as a national leader in expanding opportunity,” said Marsh. “I’m proud to have been a part of that and confident the organization will continue to play a critical role in our community long after my departure. We’re lucky to have a passionate and dedicated team of board and staff who will continue to fight every day to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.”

 

As president/CEO of the Fair Housing Center, Marsh oversaw an annual budget of more than $1 million and ten staff members. He is credited with raising more than $10 million for the agency during his career there through grant writing, annual giving, and special events.

 

Marsh extended his role as a community advocate into his volunteerism, serving as board chairman for the Ability Center of Greater Toledo and as an auxiliary board member for the Beach House family shelter. Marsh also belongs to the Rotary Club of Toledo, serving as the chair f the group’s Disability Services Committee. Marsh received the Leadership Award from the Ohio Diversity Council in 2016, the Equality Award from Equality Toledo in 2015, and the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award in 2005.

 

Marsh is a certified fund-raising executive (CFRE) who also holds a professional certificate in nonprofit executive leadership from Indiana University. Marsh earned a bachelors and master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, where he taught in the ethnic studies department.

 

Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii (RCH) is a nonprofit group devoted to empowering self-directed choices and expanding opportunities for adults with development disabilities and others with special needs. RCH aims to expand opportunities for people to fully participate in community life, discover their talents, cultivate their interests, nurture their skills, actualize their joy and the fullness of their lives. RCH also strives to facilitate opportunities for families, caregivers, and natural supports—as a community—to learn, share, and experience together to fully support each person’s needs.

 

“My life has been devoted to issues of equity, opportunity and diversity. My academic, personal, and professional experiences have prepared me for my new role in Hawaii,” said Marsh.

 

An avid traveler, Marsh has visited 55 countries and 39 states. LaPrensa chronicled one trip a few years ago on a cruise around the southern tip of South America, where Marsh visited several countries at various ports of call. His departure for Hawaii is not surprising, considering the islands are listed as one of his three favorite destinations. The others are New York City and New Orleans.

 

 

 

 
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