Our New CEO and President
Following a national search, the Board of Directors of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County (CSSW) chose Mr. Jim Gajewski to take the helm as the agency’s new president and CEO, effective June 12, 2017.
Gajewski’s nearly 30 years of non-profit executive and management consulting experience has included various senior leadership positions at four medical centers in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, eight years in nonprofit management consulting, and, more recently, four years leading a senior services healthcare and housing system in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He spearheaded the successful merger of that system with a regional provider.
During his tenure at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Gajewski instituted and expanded numerous programs that provide behavioral therapy, services for children and persons with disabilities, and programs serving the elderly, immigrants, and refugees.
Gajewski has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. His expertise includes non-profit program operations, strategic planning, and fund development.
Gajewski’s vision for CSSW emphasizes partnerships and integration of services. “Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County has earned a fine and longstanding reputation as a highly collaborative and effective provider of social services,” Gajewski explained. “I look forward to working with our dedicated staff, community partners, and stakeholders to work with even greater diligence to effect positive change in the lives of those in need of comfort, compassionate healing, and self-sufficiency.”
The beginning of Gajewski’s tenure has already generated enthusiasm at the agency. Board Chair Pamela Sexton added, “The Board is excited to have Jim join CSSW! His team-based skill set is exactly what the agency needs to help those most vulnerable in our county. We have already benefitted from his experience as we find better ways to provide service to our clients while collaborating with our community partners to maximize the quality of care at an efficient cost to the public.”
Please join all of us at CSSW in welcoming Jim Gajewski!