OlyCAP gets new executive director effective Jan. 1

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

PORT HADLOCK — Olympic Community Action Programs will change leadership after New Year's, OlyCAP board Chair Rich Ciccarone announced Tuesday.

Geoff Crump, 35, of Port Townsend was selected to take the reins of the Peninsula-based emergency-care agency that serves Jefferson and Clallam counties.

The OlyCAP board of directors selected Crump as the organization's new executive director effective Jan. 1.

“The board of directors looks forward to working closely with Geoff. His skills and energy will lead the OlyCAP organization towards a bright future,” Ciccarone said.

Nonprofit OlyCAP provides services and assistance to low-income people with offices in Port Townsend, Port Angeles and Forks.

Among its functions is management of the Peninsula Daily News' Peninsula Home Fund, the holiday fund-raising campaign for which is now under way.

Interim Executive Director Janet Anderson has run the agency since the departure of Tim Hockett on Dec. 31, 2011

She was given a one-year contract to manage the organization while the board of directors conducted a search for a permanent executive director.

Anderson, who has been with OlyCAP for 23 years, was one of the possible choices for the position.

OlyCAP board members did not discuss Anderson's future with the agency Tuesday.

Crump was hired as OlyCAP's director of operations to fill Anderson's former position in May and moved to Port Townsend from Kittitas County with his wife, Natalie Crump.

They welcomed their daughter, Lucy June Crump, to the family Oct. 23.

“We came out here specifically for OlyCAP,” he said.

Geoff pointed to the Peninsula Home Fund as a major reason for wanting to be a part of the organization.

“If you're a nonprofit in Redmond, you can count on a check from Microsoft,” he said

He said he believes that the North Olympic Peninsula has proven that the same thing can be done with a lot of smaller donations from businesses and individuals.

Crump said he plans to grow new roots in the North Olympic Peninsula.

“We want to raise our daughter near the water,” he said.

As the director of operations, Crump has been splitting his time between the Port Angeles and Port Townsend, with visits to Forks, he said.

“I expect to continue doing the same,” he said.

Prior to joining OlyCAP, Geoff served for seven years as chief operating officer for HopeSource — a similar community-action agency in Kittitas County.

During his time at HopeSource, Crump worked on all aspects of the organization, he said.

He has worked in community action programs since 1998.

Crump holds a Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

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