Executive Director Transition

After a thorough 4-month search process, we are excited to announce CHAT’s new Executive Director, Jonathan Chan! Jonathan has been on staff here at CHAT for the last 2 years as Chief Development Officer, but he’s also been involved as an After-School volunteer since 2012. Continue reading to find out more about the executive search process and about Jonathan’s wealth of experience.

Watch the video below to hear how excited Pastor Don Coleman, chairman of the board, and Jonathan Chan are for the next season of work in the East End:


The Search Process

Back in February when Stephen Weir announced that he would be leaving CHAT, CHAT’s board of directors began the search for the next Executive Director. We retained the assistance of the Davis Consulting Group, a Richmond-based consulting firm with over 25 years of executive search experience. Over the next few months, the board and staff reached out to over 100 candidates, reviewed over 50 applicants and held first-round interviews with 15 applicants. These interviews led us to 4 highly qualified final candidates who went through extensive interviews with the board’s search committee, current staff, and the Davis Group. At the end of this process, the search committee concluded that the most qualified candidate who could lead CHAT into the next season was already part of CHAT - our own Jonathan Chan.

Reintroducing Jonathan Chan

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For the last 2 years, Jonathan has been serving as our Chief Development Officer, leading our fundraising partnerships and communications. He first came to CHAT as a volunteer mentor in 2012, and over the last 7 years has built many relationships with students, staff, and alumni of our programs. Prior to joining our staff, Jonathan served as a program coordinator for Haiti Partners, a nonprofit Helping Haitians Change Haiti Through Education. For nearly 7 years, he worked alongside Haitian pastors and leaders to mobilize churches in Haiti for deeper spiritual formation and a faith-rooted approach to key justice issues including child servitude, women’s rights, and domestic violence. He also played a significant role in leading Haiti Partners’ US-based operations in finance, development, and communications. He continues to advise the work in Haiti as it continues under the umbrella of Development Associates International.

Jonathan has also served as Arrabon’s Interim Director of Operations, helping them launch their first conference here in Richmond, a multi-day, 400-person gathering of pastors and church leaders on Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God. He began his career at AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, pioneering their work in building data-sharing partnerships with dozens of governments. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from William and Mary.

Jonathan was born and raised in Chesterfield - and has lived in the East End since moving back to Richmond in 2012. He worships and preaches regularly at East End Fellowship. He’s married to Caitie, who works for a national community development organization, chairs the board of Urban Hope, and has also mentored CHAT students. They’re excited to welcome their first child in August!