Farewell to Our Own Andrew Haupt

By Jake Maguire, August 30, 2015 - 5:29pm

“So much of the magic of supportive housing is about stepping into a high quality building and seeing the kind of community that is created there,” says Andrew. “We had the opportunity to build something like that near Capitol Hill, where national decision makers could see and feel what we were talking about.”

This week, we say goodbye to a longtime member of the Community Solutions team, Andrew Haupt, who has accepted an exciting position as Chief Operations Officer to our partners at the Rapid Results Institute. Andrew’s many talents were felt in senior posts in nearly every part of Community Solutions. His contributions to the organization and its development have been invaluable.

Andrew joined the Community Solutions team in 2008, after building the supportive housing development subsidiary at CAMBA, one of New York City’s largest social service providers. At the time, Community Solutions was still incubating at Common Ground, the housing nonprofit that Community Solutions president Rosanne Haggerty founded in 1990.

“Common Ground had been an inspiration to me for a long time,” says Andrew. “The scale of its projects and portfolio inspired me to set a successful goal of developing 1,000 units at CAMBA in 10 years. When the opportunity arose to work at Common Ground, I jumped at it.”

Andrew’s early work focused on Rosanne and her team’s growing national efforts to spread their supportive housing learning to cities across the U.S. At the time, New York City stood alone in having a well developed stock of supportive housing for homeless individuals and families. Andrew supported work in places like New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Hartford, CT. He also helped lay the groundwork for a deeply symbolic project in Washington, DC, the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, a veterans supportive housing building that Community Solutions will open this winter.

“So much of the magic of supportive housing is about stepping into a high quality building and seeing the kind of community that is created there,” says Andrew. “We had the opportunity to build something like that near Capitol Hill, where national decision makers could see and feel what we were talking about.”

In 2011, Andrew left the Real Estate department and became Community Solutions’ first Senior Director of Operations. Having officially launched from Common Ground just a few months earlier, the organization was at a formative stage, and there was a growing need for someone to manage and systematize the business side of the work.

Andrew jumped into the role, skillfully developing key systems and human resources functions for staff while also managing the budget and other key financial processes.

But it isn’t the systems he built during that time that Andrew is most proud of today.

“I’m most proud of the relationships I developed and the trust I gained from leaders throughout the organization,” says Andrew. “My goal was always to help this team create meaning in the work that we all do, and connect that work to a priority and a purpose aligned with our broader mission.”

In June of 2014, Andrew again responded to a key organizational need when he left the (now established) Operations department to become Senior Director of Community Solutions’ Neighborhood Initiatives.

At the time, the organization was moving to integrate learning from the Brownsville (Brooklyn, NY) Partnership and the Northeast (Hartford,CT) Partnership as those teams worked with partners to improve health, safety and workforce opportunities in these two challenged neighborhoods.  Andrew’s work in this role encompassed engaging Community Solutions’ real estate team in developing community facilities to support the neighborhood transformation work.

“Andrew has been a remarkable colleague, ready to do whatever was needed to strengthen Community Solutions for its next phase of work” says Rosanne.  “We are very happy that he is not going far from us, and that we will continue to work together through our collaboration with Rapid Results.”

This week, Andrew will start as COO of the Rapid Results Institute, a key partner he first read about in the New York Times in 2012. The organization, which helps local teams around the world identify clear change goals and exceed them in breakthrough 100-day cycles, became a critical partner to Community Solutions’ 100,000 Homes Campaign, where Institute staff worked alongside Campaign staff to help communities accelerate the process of connecting homeless Americans to permanent housing.

“That partnership, like our partnerships with IDEO, IHI and other organizations, really influenced the evolution of Community Solutions’ work,” says Andrew. “I think it had a big influence on Rapid Results, too.”

At Rapid Results, Andrew will work to integrate a largely virtual culture made up of employees working around the globe.

“In many ways, it’s not dissimilar to what we had to do here, but this time, you’re dealing with a global organization from the get-go,” says Andrew. “The challenge of building culture and camaraderie in that context is going to be really interesting. I’m eager to help build a business platform and culture that ensures Rapid Results’ dynamic work stays front and center.”

We wish Andrew well in his new role, and we congratulate our partners at the Rapid Results Institute on a great new addition to their team!

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