Special Assistant for Organizational Development & Quality Assurance
Behind the Door:
Libby Moreton is the Special Assistant for Organizational Development & Quality Assurance. Like other difference-makers in the organization, Libby serves in an unpaid, volunteer capacity. Libby holds an Economics Degree and an MBA from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She subsequently taught business and economics at the University of Kentucky. After 27 years as a Senior Executive with Citigroup, Libby joined Open Door America in 2008 as a Board Member and weekly volunteer engaged in direct client services. Her extensive operational and staff planning/development experience as a CCO at Citibank Dominican Republic and Director of Latin America Service Quality and Citiphone Banking were highly leveraged in the writing of Open Door America's seminal document, The Individual Life Plan (ILP). Through the years, Libby has provided additional leadership and consulting services on a wide range of issues including our mentoring program, our material assistance programs, our job readiness programs, and Board development. When Libby left Baltimore in 2013 and returned to Southern Illinois to attend to family issues, she honored her commitment to stay highly involved in the growth and development of Open Door America.
"As a business professional and person that truly cares about America, I want to be part of an organization that provides a positive and lasting change in the lives of individuals that struggle to survive economically, spiritually, and often materially in this country. I love Open Door America's strategy of linking disadvantaged people with jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors. These are the kinds of jobs that will help revitalize and restore our cities by allowing our fellow citizens to earn 'living wages,' contribute to their communities, and provide for their families."
From Our Blog
2018 Poverty and the Urgency of Prisoner Reentry and Life Restoration
Since 2005 Open Door America has worked to unlock the secret codes of intergenerational poverty in America’s inner cities. Now in year thirteen, our story has greater meaning and urgency than ever before. Having come on line just nine years after metamorphic welfare reform in 1996, we were an immediate beneficiary of the raised social awareness generated by the faith-based initiative movement of the early 2000's. By the end of our first decade, however, a sharp decline in nationwide community development investment, especially in the key area of federal housing, shifted our thinking away from traditional block-by-block redevelopment strategies to individualized programming targeting heads of households, young fathers, and in particular, ex-offenders and current offenders who hold sway in the poorest neighborhoods. Today, 22 years into the nation’s endless rancorous debate over poverty and government spending, we operate in a political and cultural environment where the very existence of entrenched poverty is now openly and counter-factually questioned in Washington. We believe the lessons learned from our improbable survivor's journey and the promising potential of our current efforts to retrieve first-time offenders and restore vetted recidivists are essential to this discussion and critical to America's social and economic future.