Nory Angel, the longtime CEO of SER Jobs for Progress in Houston, is leaving the organization with “mixed emotions.” Angel, who’s been with SER for 14 years – nine of those as CEO – has announced she will be moving on to become the head of a group called “TEACH,” which gives additional education on classroom management to teachers. The current head of TEACH is getting married and moving to another city.
“My time at SER has been the best, most rewarding experience in my professional life,” Angel said in a written statement. “It has been full of amazing opportunities and experiences from seeing our graduates transform their lives through SER’s programs; to being ready to open Houston’s first career café concept which will bring local employers and job seekers together and ensure companies have access to the skilled workers they need and SER grads have opportunities to begin solid career paths,” Angel said.
“I want to thank the Board of Directors and staff for allowing me the privilege to serve this extraordinary organization. I also want to thank our community of donors, funders and partners whose generosity and partnership helped fuel our growth and progress," Angel said.
Angel fist went to work at SER in 2003 as the Workforce Director before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and then eventually to CEO in 2009.
“She has been a wonderful, dynamic asset to our organization,” the group said, adding that she established “a wide range of programs targeting the workforce needs of low-income populations such as youth, adults post-release from prison, and homeless individuals; expanded its programs and services beyond Houston to include Galveston, Fort Bend and four other neighboring counties.”
The group said Angel also “successfully launched and executed a $11.5 million capital campaign resulting in the acquisition of five acres in Houston’s East End for growth and expansion; and in June 2018, will open the doors to Houston’s first Workforce Opportunity Center and career café, La Chamba Coffee + Careers.”
While Angel will continue to help SER in an advisory role, the group said its board has appointed a committee to lead the search for their next leader.
“During this time of transition, we count on your continued support so that the people SER serves can continue to count on us,” the group said. “Please join us in thanking Nory for her dedication and service and in wishing her continued success in her new role.”