SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (December 18, 2019) – Josh Eichenhorn, chair of the Board of Trustees of JVS Human Services, has announced the appointment of Paul Blatt to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2020. The appointment follows the earlier announcement of current CEO Leah Rosenbaum’s retirement. Blatt has been with the agency since 2008, serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit for the last five years. JVS Human Services is one of the leading human services agencies in metropolitan Detroit, enhancing the lives of job seekers, people with disabilities and seniors. The agency will impact the lives of more than 13,000 people across the community this year alone. Background information on Paul Blatt can be found here.
“Paul’s passion for helping people, combined with his deep knowledge of JVS and its strengths and opportunities will position the agency for a strong future,” said Eichenhorn. “His vision and collaborative approach will enhance our ability to provide life-changing opportunities to members of our community.”
As Chief Operating Officer, Blatt has been responsible for ensuring the agency’s programmatic fiscal and strategic goals were met and key needs in the metro Detroit community were being addressed. As a strong advocate for people with disabilities, unemployed workers who face challenges and the elderly living with dementia, Blatt has helped implement innovative programs including eCycle Opportunities, an electronic recycling business; and training for fulfillment centers leading to jobs in companies like Amazon and Kroger. Blatt has also worked with both Oakland County and the City of Detroit to secure successful contracts to operate the Waterford Michigan Works! Career Center and a Detroit at Work career center located at Durfee Innovation Society.
In his executive leadership role at JVS, Blatt has been responsible for the success of the 350 staff who deliver and implement the agency’s services. He also works with the Board of Trustees and staff serving as an ambassador for JVS for prospective board and committee members, funding sources and community leaders.
“For the past 11 years, I have had the honor to work with an amazing team who have made a tremendous impact on the people of our community. During this time, I have grown professionally with the guidance of our board and my mentor, current CEO Leah Rosenbaum, who is an outstanding leader,” said Blatt. “I am honored to take on the role of President and CEO of an organization which inspires hope when it is needed most.”
Blatt’s education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Oakland University.
About JVS Human Services:
Since 1941, JVS Human Services has been a leader in the community helping individuals and businesses achieve their employment goals. The agency helps job seekers jumpstart their careers, provides enriching programs for people with disabilities and helps seniors remain active and engaged in the community. In 2018, JVS Human Services provided services to over 10,000 metro-Detroit residents and assisted more than 1,000 employers seeking job candidates for a variety of occupations and skill levels.