Ginny Ann Blackson
Director of Promise Neighborhood
Promise Neighborhood Initiative
Ginny Ann Blackson has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1981 and on education issues since the early 1990s. She directed Forward in the Fifth, an education nonprofit working in Kentucky’s Fifth District, for more than 20 years. During her tenure, she developed a leadership curriculum for low-income parents and received grants of more than $1 million to deliver the curriculum to 500 parents in six economically distressed counties of eastern Kentucky. Forward in the Fifth was also a recipient of a $1.2 million Reader’s Digest Fund Library Power grant, the first program operating in a rural area. She established a Student Entrepreneurship Program that worked with at-risk high school students on workforce readiness and a Student Leadership Program for rising eighth graders.
After leaving Forward in the Fifth, Ms. Blackson worked as a fundraiser for Girl Scouts Wilderness Road Council and LexArts. She then served as Executive Director of The Nest—Center for Women, Children & Families prior to accepting the position of Project Director for the Promise Neighborhood Initiative, returning to the mountains she loves and to her passion of educational improvement.